Rafaelo procedure at Harpenden

A virtually painless way to treat haemorrhoids - perfect for those with busy lives

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Haemorrhoids (or piles as they are commonly known) are generally an unspoken curse from which many of us suffer, but are too embarrassed to discuss with our loved ones, let alone our GP. They are enlarged vascular ‘cushions’ just inside or around the bottom (anus and lower rectum), thought to be caused by a variety of factors but commonly constipation, diarrhoea or excessive straining.

They're very common; it's been estimated that up to 50% of the population may suffer from symptomatic haemorrhoids at some point in their lives (source: Haemorrhoids: diagnosis and management. Am Surg 75 (8): 635–42).

After 3 years of development and over 2,000 patients successfully treated across Europe with outstanding results, we’re able to offer the Rafaelo Procedure. Using the safe and established technology of radio frequency ablation, the Rafaelo procedure can be performed on a walk-in, walk-out basis.

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You won't need a general anaesthetic, and can return to your normal daily activities immediately after treatment, rather than needing three weeks to recover. You’ll be virtually pain free after the procedure and your symptoms should improve almost immediately. Find out more about the Rafaelo procedure on their website.

If you have haemorrhoids which are between grades 1, 2 or 3, Rafaelo could be the treatment for you.  Some grade 4 haemorrhoids may be reduced, but it's unlikely that they will not reach a complete resolution, which often will require surgery.

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Your consultant

Mr Amin is a general surgeon with a special interest in coloproctology and laparoscopic surgery. He's worked with a variety of surgeons with different surgical interests. His main higher surgical training was in the North East Thames region. He also trained in coloproctology, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal functional disorders at the Royal Free Hospital in London. At Whipps Cross Hospital he extended his experience in laparoscopic surgery, especially cholecystectomy (keyhole surgery for gallbladders) and hernia repair surgery.

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, Mr Amin carries out the Rafaelo procedure, keyhole hernia repair and keyhole gallbladder repair, together with a variety of general surgery procedures. He also carries out all forms of bowel surgery.

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Book an appointment

If you’d like a consultation with Mr Amin about the Rafaelo procedure and are paying for yourself, please call us on 01582 714 420. If you’re insured, call and advise your insurance company that you’ll be seeing Mr Amin, as you’ll need an authorisation code to book your appointment.