Haemorrhoids (or piles) are enlarged blood vessels, inside or around the bottom (anus and lower rectum).

How are they caused?

  • Poor diet (lack of fibre intake)
  • Constipation, therefore excessive straining on the toilet
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Regular lifting of heavy objects
  • Persistent vomiting or cough
  • Long periods of sitting down
  • Age – as you get older, your body’s supporting tissues get weaker
  • Pregnancy can increase pressure on pelvic blood vessels
  • Family history

What are the symptoms?

  • Redness, soreness and swelling around the back passage
  • Itchy bottom
  • Bleeding or discharge from the anus
  • Lumps hanging down outside of the back passage

One treatment for haemorrhoids is Rafaelo, which is a safe and established minimally invasive procedure. It uses radio frequency ablation to eliminate any symptoms and reduce the size of the haemorrhoid.

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What are the benefits of Rafaelo?

  • Day-case procedure
  • Minimal post-operative pain and care
  • Immediate return to daily activities
  • Can be used to treat all grades of internal haemorrhoids
  • Good long-term results

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