“Piles” is the common term for haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids are common in the general population although their symptoms vary widely. Symptoms may include minor intermittent bleeding, discomfort and a feeling of incomplete evacuation (tenesmus); external piles may be troublesome by their very presence and cause difficulty with anal cleanliness. More extensive piles may ‘prolapse’ and come outside the anus.
For most people with haemorrhoids, the condition is mild and can be treated with over the counter (OTC) medicines that tackle the symptoms, usually in the form of ointments or suppositories. However patients with persistent symptoms who require surgery can now be offered minimally invasive approaches:
Read more about Spire Thames Valley Hospital's Haemorrhoids Treatments below.
HALO Treatment for Haemorrhoids:
The Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation (HALO) has revolutionised the treatment of haemorrhoids. The use of Doppler ultrasound enables accurate identification and tying off of the blood supply to the haemorrhoids allowing them to shrivel up.
THD Treatment for Haemorrhoids:
Transanal Haemorrhoidal De-Arterialisation (THD) is an innovative minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat haemorrhoids (piles). It can also be called Haemorrhoid Ligation, Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation or Doppler guided Ligation. The THD procedure is approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)[i] and designed to cure haemorrhoids in a gentle way while focusing on achieving excellent long term results.