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The Rafaelo Procedure (for Haemorrhoids)

This page will provide you with information about the Rafaelo procedure. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.

 

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are inflamed blood vessels found inside the bottom (the anus and rectum). They are very common and suffered by most of us as some point in our lives. In many cases, they don't cause symptoms and many people don't even realise they have them. However, some can become swollen and cause great discomfort. 

Ref: Modern Aesthetic Solutions Ltd 2017

There are four grades of haemorrhoids that are clinically graded by a Colorectal Surgeon. Traditionally, each stage had its own form of treatment. However, the new Rafaelo procedure can be used to treat all grades of internal haemorrhoids. 

 

What causes haemorrhoids?

  • Being overweight or obese.
  • Pregnancy - this can be from increased pressure on your pelvicblood vessels causing them to enlarge. 
  • Genetics - family history of haemorrhoids.
  • Chronic diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Low fibre diet.
  • sitting for long periods of time.
  • Regularly lifting heavy objects.

 

Symptoms can include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Pain and discomfort

 

The benefits of surgery

  • The procedure can be used to treat all grades of internal haemorrhoids (however, depending on the severity, grade 4 may still require a surgical procedure).
  • Performed as a day case procedure, and in most cases, without the need to undergo a general anaesthetic.
  • Quick relief of symptoms and fast return to daily activities.
  • None or only mild bleeding.
  • Clinically proven results and high patient satisfaction. 

 

What happens during surgery?

A local anaesthetic will be administered to the area of your haemorrhoid to avoid any discomfort. The device, emitting safe and painless radiofrequency is then applied to the haemorrhoid, reducing the blood flow, causing it to shrink and eventually disappear over time. Your symptoms should improve instantly. 

 

Are there any potential complications with this procedure?

Most surgical procedures carry some level of risk or possible complication. These will be discussed with you by your consultant or pre-assessment nurse prior to your procedure.

 

What happens after surgery?

The procedure only takes around 15 minutes to complete and you will be free to leave a short while after to continue with your daily activities. Symptoms should improve almost instantly. 

 

Summary

The Rafaelo procedure for haemorrhoids is safe, effective and enables you to return to your daily activities almost instantly. 

 

Reference: http://rafaelo.co.uk/ and http://www.modernaestheticsolutions.com/rafaelo-procedure/ 

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