Removal of Anal Warts
A Patient's Guide to Home Care
This handout will tell you how to take care of yourself when you go home after the removal of
anal warts. Your nurse will go over this handout with you. Please ask questions. If you have any
once you're home, please call the numbers listed at the end of the handout.
Getting Ready for Surgery
Make plans to be off work for about a week after surgery. Discuss this with your doctor.
The amount of time off depends on the number of anal warts that are removed.
Do your household chores ahead of time or make plans for someone to help you with
Plan activities that do not require you to stand or sit for more than an hour or to do any
For a few days, wear loose comfortable clothing.
Preparing your bowels for surgery
You will need to “clean your bowels out” before your surgery. Go to a drugstore and get a bottle
of Magnesium Citrate and 2 Fleets® phosphate enemas.
1. The day before surgery, have a light lunch and a clear liquid dinner.
2. After your clear liquid dinner, drink 5 ounces of the Magnesium Citrate.
3. The morning of surgery, take the first Fleets® enema 1½ hours before leaving home.
Take a second enema 1 hour before leaving home.
The bowel prep may vary depending on your pain level.
Take a sitz bath at least 3-4 times a day and after each bowel movement for a total of
________ days. A sitz bath is a plastic tub that you place in your toilet to soothe your
rectal area. Pour warm water into the sitz bath before sitting on it. This will help healing
and lessen pain and rectal spasms. If you prefer, you can sit in a tub of warm water
instead of using the sitz bath. Sit in the water for 10-20 minutes.
Avoid hard wiping of the anal area for the first few weeks.
For the first few days, clean the anal area after a bowel movement by spraying it with
warm water. We will send you home with a spray bottle. Baby wipes can be used to
gently clean the rectal area also.
You will have yellowish-red drainage from the rectum for at least 7 to 14 days. We will
send pads home with you to place in your underpants. The drainage will decrease in
amount and become lighter in color over time, although you may notice an increase in red
drainage if you become more active.
Plan for rest, but also move around the house as much as it feels comfortable for you to
You may drive after you stop taking narcotic pain pills.
Sexual activity may be resumed ___________________________.
Check with your doctor before returning to work. You may need to take more time off if
your job involves heavy labor or sitting for long periods of time.
You will have some pain in the surgical area. Pain medicine will be prescribed for you if you
need it. Do not drink alcohol, drive a car, or operate machinery while you are taking the pain
To Avoid Constipation
A stool softener may be ordered for you. A stool softener will help stool pass more
easily. Do not try to avoid having a bowel movement, even if it is painful. Your colon
removes fluid from your stool. The longer stool sits in your colon, the harder it becomes.
It is better to pass the stool than to have it become a hard stool.
To prevent straining and constipation, you should eat foods high in fiber and drink
plenty of liquids. Resume high fiber diet after first bowel movement.
When to Call the Doctor
Large amounts of bright red blood from the rectal area that will not stop with pressure to
the rectal area for 10 minutes
Temperature greater than 100.4 θ F. Check your temperature once a day for one week.
Foul-smelling drainage from suture line, if you have one, around the anal area
Breaking open of the suture line, if you have one
Excess swelling in the rectal area
Digestive Health Center: (608) 890-5000.
After hours, weekends or holidays this number will be answered by the paging operator. Ask
for the doctor on call or ask for Dr. Harms, Heise, Kennedy, Foley, or Carchman. Leave your
name and phone number with area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call (855) 342-9900.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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