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Spire St Anthony's Hospital the first hospital in the UK to offer the new Rafaelo procedure for Haemorrhoids

16 March 2016

Mr Nick West is the first in the UK to offer this minimally invasive walk in walk out treatment


Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swellings containing enlarged blood vessels that are found inside or around the bottom (the rectum and anus).

In many cases, haemorrhoids don't cause symptoms, and some people don't even realise they have them. However, when symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • bleeding after passing a stool (the blood is usually bright red)
  • itchy bottom
  • a lump hanging down outside of the anus, which may need to be pushed back in after passing a stool
  • a mucus discharge after passing a stool
  • soreness, redness and swelling around your anus

Haemorrhoids aren't usually painful, unless their blood supply slows down or is interrupted.*

Now, after three years of development and having successfully treated over 2,000 patients with outstanding results, we are able to offer you the Rafaelo procedure. Using the safe and established technology of radiofrequency ablation, the Rafaelo Procedure can be performed on a walk-in, walk-out basis, does not require a general anaesthetic and the patient is able to return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. The Rafaelo Procedure is ideally designed to treat haemorrhoid grades 1–3. Some grade 4 haemorrhoids may be reduced but likely not to a complete resolution, which often will require surgery.

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