Haemorrhoids often clear up by themselves, without intervention, after a few days. Often simple dietary changes and self-care can help reduce the occurrence of haemorrhoids. For example, if constipation is the cause, then extra fibre in your diet will keep your stools soft and avoid the need for straining.
If you’re experiencing itching and discomfort there are many readily available, over-the-counter treatments or piles cream that can reduce these symptoms. You can speak to a Pharmacist to find the best haemorrhoid cream for you.
If your symptoms are more severe, you may need further private treatment for haemorrhoids, such as:
- The Rafaelo® Procedure (shrinking and eliminating haemorrhoids using radio frequency energy).
- Banding of haemorrhoids (removing them by restricting their blood flow)
- Haemorrhoidectomy (the surgical removal of haemorrhoids)
Your Consultant will recommend which treatment for haemorrhoids is best for you.
The Rafaelo® Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure for internal haemorrhoids. During the operation, a special needle probe is inserted into the haemorrhoidal cushion. Radio frequency energy is passed through the needle into the tissue, which heats it, reducing the blood supply and shrinking the haemorrhoid.
It typically takes around 20 minutes to perform and you’ll be given a local anaesthetic or mild sedative (although some patients choose to be treated under general anaesthetic).
After the Rafaelo® procedure, you’ll need a few days to fully recover, depending on the severity of your haemorrhoids. We’ll send you home with painkillers and may be able to continue with your normal routine within a day or two. You will have a follow-up appointment a few weeks after the operation.
Find out more about the Rafaelo® Procedure.
Banding (ligation) of haemorrhoids
This is a routine, non-surgical procedure for internal haemorrhoids which takes a few minutes to perform and isn’t painful. Your Consultant or Nurse will use a small instrument to attach a tight rubber band around the base of the haemorrhoid. The band constricts the blood supply to the haemorrhoid, causing it to fall off.
It should relieve your symptoms within 10 to 14 days.
Your Consultant will use a special device during an examination under anaesthetic to see the haemorrhoids more clearly, before removing them by cutting them out. They’ll stitch the lining to the underlying muscle to prevent recurrence. Most of the stitches are inside the anal canal and will dissolve over a period of two to four weeks. In some cases, the wound is left open to heal.
The Consultant might also place a small pack inside your rectum to stop any bleeding. This will be passed with your first bowel movement.