There are 4 clinical grades of Haemorrhoids and the treatment is ideal for treating 1-3 but grade 4 may only be reduced and require further surgery. Your surgeon will be able to best advise you during a consultation.
Haemorrhoids Before Procedure
Banding is a common technique used for treating grade 1-2 haemorrhoids. The technique involves attaching a small elastic band around the base of the haemorrhoid which reduces the blood supply resulting in it falling away after a week or so. The application of these bands can be very painful and recurrence rates are high so it is likely you will need further treatment.
Other treatments include a surgical haemorrhoidectomy which is when the haemorrhoids are cut out under general anaesthetic. Patients have been known to experience significant pain after the operation which will last for a few weeks after the procedure and you will need to take a week or two off work to recover.
The Rafaelo® procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic as a walk in walk out procedure. There is no downtime and you will be able to return to daily activities immediately with minimal post-operative pain.
The Rafaelo® procedure takes 15 minutes to perform.
There may be some slight discomfort and a sharp scratch when the local anaesthetic is injected but once that takes effect there should be no pain.
If required, you will be given a mild sedative to help you relax.