What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids (or piles) are a common condition, caused by the swelling of vascular structures in the anus. The symptoms are mainly discomfort, itchiness and bleeding, but they can sometimes also cause pain. Haemorrhoids develop gradually, over a long period of time and among the most common causes are chronic diarrhoea or constipation, pregnancy, obesity, a diet low in fibre or genetics.
When the haemorrhoids are smaller they can be treated with some basic medication and diet changes, but if left untreated, surgery might be needed.
How can BMI help?
At BMI Healthcare we offer a range of surgical and non-invasive treatments to treat haemorrhoids in addition to this procedure. Your colorectal consultant will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition and help you improve your quality of life, such as:
What does the Rafaelo® procedure involve?
The Rafaelo® Procedure is a great alternative to surgery because it’s minimally invasive, has low risk of pain and it allows patients to leave as soon as the procedure is finished. By using radio frequency ablation technology, the consultant colorectal surgeon will be able to reduce the size of the haemorrhoid and eliminate the symptoms.
This procedure is recommended for all grades of internal haemorrhoids, however some grade 4 haemorrhoids may only be reduced and not completely removed.
To avoid experiencing any discomfort, you will receive a local anaesthetic before the procedure. Once the area is numb, radio frequency energy will be applied with the use of an anoscope to each haemorrhoid which will reduce the blood flow to it, thus making it shrink and disappear. The procedure can take as little as 15 minutes and requires minimal after-care.
What are the benefits?
The Rafaelo® Procedure is highly recommended because:
- It is a walk-in, walk-out treatment and does not require overnight stay
- Patients can return to their daily activities straight away
- It’s minimally invasive
- It requires minimal after-care
- It relieves symptoms immediately
- Presents good long-term results
How soon can I recover?
Once the procedure is done, most patients can return to their daily activities, but depending to the grade of their haemorrhoids a day or two of rest may be recommended.