Rafaelo treatment is a minimally invasive procedure for internal haemorrhoids that uses radio frequency technology to significantly reduce or remove haemorrhoids. A similar version of this technology that was used to treat varicose veins was modified to be suitable for haemorrhoids. The treatment involves inserting a specialised needle probe into the haemorrhoidal cushion where radio frequency energy is then applied with the aim of restricting blood supply which causes the haemorrhoid to necrose and fall away from the area which results in a relief from symptoms.
Haemorrhoids Before Procedure
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.
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.