Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation [HALO]
The goal of the HALO procedure is to eliminate the symptoms of haemorrhoids without the need to surgically excise [cut off] the piles and without the need for a general anaesthetic.
The operation uses a miniature doppler ultrasound device to locate all the blood vessels supplying the haemorrhoids. The surgeon then places a stitch around the blood vessel, thus interrupting the blood supply to the piles; once all the blood vessels supplying the piles should have been tied off the piles shrink away and the symptoms resolve.
As there is no incision or stitching in the anal canal [which is full of nerve endings and very sensitive], the procedure can be completed without general anaesthetic in the majority of cases.
We would expect most patients to have returned to normal activities after 24-48 hours of treatment.