Haemorrhoids (Piles)

Haemorrhoids or Piles can cause distress and discomfort with symptoms including, itching, bleeding and soreness.

Haemorrhoids are a common medical complaint with nearly 50% of us suffering from symptomatic Haemorrhoids at some point during our lives. Often symptoms resolve within a few days but in some patients, symptoms can become more severe and Haemorrhoid removal is advised.

The root cause of haemorrhoids is due to increased pressure in the abdomen resulting from a variety of factors including chronic diarrhoea or constipation, pregnancy, obesity, low fibre diets and genetics. For many patients, the condition can be treated with over the counter treatments, prescribed medication or a change of diet but, for some surgical treatment may be required.

If you are concerned about any of the symptoms described above or have noticed a change in your bowel habits, please contact us for a consultation with one of our specialist Colorectal Surgeons. They will be able to allay any fears, perform diagnostic tests at 9 Harley Street and recommend the best course of treatment for your symptoms.

We hold regular weekly clinics, please call 0203  075 2345 for an appointment.

We offer a variety of different treatments for Haemorrhoids. Read on to find out more. We also offer a range of diagnostic tests and treatments for all conditions related to the Bowel (including Virtual Colonoscopy is a very accurate and safe test used to rule out bowel cancer).

The procedure

Surgery to remove Haemorrhoids is called Haemorrhoidectomy. During a haemorrhoidectomy, the doctor makes incisions to cut away the Haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoidectomy is generally done as a day case procedure under a general anaesthetic. Most patients will be able to go home the same day.

There are several options for treatment including:

  • Stapling (also called a stapled Haemorrhoidopexy), is a minimally invasive procedure to treat Haemorrhoids and/or prolapse, a condition in which the haemorrhoids or anal tissue slips down out of the anal canal. During the procedure a stapler-like device is used to reposition the Haemorrhoids and reduce their blood supply. Without so much blood, the haemorrhoids become much smaller. This procedure moves the Haemorrhoid higher in the anus, where there are fewer nerve endings, thus reducing pain.

There are other minimally invasive options for reducing the size of or removing haemorrhoids which include:

  • Laser: A special, precise laser beam is used to burn away Haemorrhoidal tissue.
  • Rubber band ligation: A rubber band is placed around the base of the Haemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply and kill the tissue.
  • Schlerotherapy: A chemical solution is injected around the blood vessel that supplies the Haemorrhoid to shrink and destroy it.

Although these minimally invasive procedures might result in less pain and fewer complications, Haemorrhoidectomy might provide better long-term results.

What are the risks of Haemorrhoid surgery?

Haemorrhoid surgery is very common and is considered safe. However, every surgery has some risks including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reaction to the anaesthetic

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