Everything you need to know about piles
What are piles?
Piles is another word for haemorrhoids. Piles or haemorrhoids are a collection of inflamed tissue in the anus. Also known as vascular structures they are made up of blood vessels, support tissue, muscle, and elastic fibres.
It is reported that majority of the population will develop a haemorrhoid at one stage in their lifetime but the symptoms can vary from noticeable to undetectable.
Piles can also vary in size and come in 4 clinic grades;
|1st Degree||No prolapse, just prominent blood vessels. At this stage you may not be feeling any pain but in some cases a mild discomfort and itching can be present.|
|2nd Degree||Prolapse emerges with strain but spontaneously reduces and returns. You will most likely be experiencing pain and irritation at this stage.|
|3rd Degree||Prolapse emerges with strain and needs to be pushed back in. Haemorrhoids at this stage will be causing a high level of discomfort, pain and may also be bleeding too.|
|4th Degree||Prolapse emerges and cannot be reduced or pushed in. At this stage you will be in a lot of pain and will be prone to bleeding.|
How do I know if I have piles?
If you have piles or haemorrhoids you may notice a hard and in some cases, painful lump that can be felt around the anus. Following bowl movements, you may notice blood and a feeling that your bowels are still full. You may also experience pain when passing stools and the area around the anus may also feel sore, itchy and be red.
The best way to find out if you have piles is to see your GP or a medical professional who will be able to assess you and offer advice.
What causes piles?
There a number of reasons as to why you may have developed piles or haemorrhoids. Usually it is due to increased pressure in the lower rectum which causes the blood vessels to stretch, swell and bulge. This can happen due to straining when passing a stool, lifting heavy objects such as weights, pregnancy and chronic constipation or diarrhoea.
How can I treat piles?
There are many over-the-counter treatments to help treat piles. Your GP may also be able to prescribe medication or advice on a change of diet. However; for many patients, haemorrhoids can be tricky to treat and may need surgical treatment.
Traditional haemorrhoid/piles surgery is known to have lengthy and painful periods of recovery which cause many patients to refuse treatment.
The Rafaelo® procedure is a new revolutionary treatment that uses radio frequency technology to help treat haemorrhoids under local anaesthetic. The treatment can take as little as 15 minutes and patients can have their symptoms instantly reduced. There is minimal pain following treatment and many are able to return to their daily activities quickly following the procedure.
“Piles surgery has traditionally been a painful and highly morbid operation. However, Rafaelo ® has turned this on its head. The immediate advantage is the ability to avoid a general anaesthetic which allows the patient to effectively walk in and walk out of the clinic following treatment. My own patients have had very little in the way of discomfort and initial follow-up results are very pleasing both from a clinical response to treatment and from patient feedback”.
– Mr Amit Patel, Consultant Laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgeon, BSc, MD, MBBS, FRCS (Plast.) GMC Number: 4737010
Where can I have haemorrhoid treatment?
We offer consultations for the Rafaelo® procedure at our clinics in London Harley Street and Birmingham.
London Harley Street Haemorrhoid clinic
Our London Harley Street clinic is our flagship clinic located in central London. Patients will be able to see Consultant General and Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon, Mr Nick West MB BS FRCS (Gen. Surg) GMC Number 4193429. Mr West performed the first Rafaelo® procedure in the UK and has conducted numerous procedures since and can report all as resounding successes.
Birmingham Haemorrhoid clinic
Our clinic in Birmingham is located close to the city centre. Consultant Laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgeon, Mr Amit Patel is our resident surgeon. Mr Patel undertook the first cohort of Rafaelo® patients in the West Midlands and is extremely excited about being able to offer this revolutionary state of the art technology for the management of haemorrhoids and is very confident that over time this will become a gold standard technique.
Why choose The Private Clinic of piles treatment?
The Private Clinic has over 35 years offering the most advanced and effective treatments achieving outstanding results. We work with highly experienced surgeons, doctors and nurses who are able to provide the best care and aftercare ensuring the patient’s safety and satisfaction every step of the way.
At The Private Clinic, we offer Rafaelo, the haemorrhoid removal treatment which has several benefits including:
- Minimal chance of recurrence.
- Highly experienced surgeons who specialise in haemorrhoid removal.
- Performed under local anaesthetic.
- The procedure only takes 15 Minutes.
- It’s an almost painless procedure.
- Minimal post-operative pain and aftercare.
- Symptoms instantly reduced.
- Patients are able to return to daily activities immediately.
- No need for overnight stay.
- We offer a 24-hour patient helpline direct to your nursing team and surgeon, which means should you have any concern we are here to help.
- Dedicated post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team.
- The Private Clinic unique comprehensive Patient Guide on Haemorrhoids.
- Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to newfound confidence.