I'm usually on the MS forum, but i also have IBS and read here as well. I had hemmorroid surg some years ago and had the 'old' type surg. where u are actually cut! That was definitely no picnic!! It took me about 6 weeks total to get back to myself...fully functioning bowels and all. My mother in law had this surg a few years later and it was much different. Now the 'new' surg is pretty much as non invasive as u can get for that surg. Her's was done by laser and she healed very quickly...was up and about with normal bowel funtions within three days!!! It was a totally different experience for her! I agree with the others...please fully investigate and ask all those questions of u'r doc. Don't just accept what u'r told and go off looking for answers...make that doc give them to u. The more he/she realizes u'r interested and aware the more likely he/she is to be careful to offer full info and to be upfront with u. Best wishes on this and if u have any questions feel free to email me. I'd be happy to tell u what i know.