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.
You should notice your symptoms improving almost immediately. The recovery time from the procedure normally takes between one to seven days, but is generally less. This depends on the severity of the haemorrhoids. You will be seen again in clinic between 6 and 8 weeks after the procedure.
You will be given painkillers to take home with you after the procedure.
Ensure you have plenty high-fibre foods as part of your diet, drink plenty of water or similar fluids, always go to the toilet when you need to, avoid excessive pushing or straining when passing a stool, take part in regular exercise, avoid sitting for extended periods and ask your GP about fibre supplements if required.
Haemorrhoids develop when the veins around your anus are stretched under pressure resulting in them swelling. The swollen veins can develop for a wide range of reasons such as excessive straining during bowel movements and increased pressure due to pregnancy.