The Rafaelo Procedure is a relatively new, yet highly successful, treatment that utilises radio frequency technology to significantly reduce, and in most cases totally eliminate, the common symptoms of haemorrhoids (also known as piles). Similar radio frequency technology has been used successfully for many years to treat varicose veins, and this has now been adapted and modified for the specialised treatment of haemorrhoids. Becoming increasingly popular amongst Doctors and patients alike, The Rafaelo Procedure is now available across the UK at a range of private clinics and hospitals, and is covered by BUPA, CIGNA, AVIVA & WPA under code H5120. Rafaelo is also available on the NHS at UCLH, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Others will soon be offering it.
There are clear benefits of The Rafaelo Procedure over and beyond the traditional treatment options. The procedure is a minimally-invasive, day case procedure, which typically takes no longer than 15 minutes to perform. It can be carried out using only local anaesthetic (with or without sedation) or under general anaesthetic, if preferred. Most patients report very little pain or discomfort, during or post procedure, and are able to resume their regular daily activities very soon after treatment. Too many people literally sit on their haemorrhoids hoping they will go away on their own, usually because they have heard the horror stories of the discomfort suffered by those who have had invasive surgery such as a Haemorrhoidectomy. Sometimes your piles will resolve simply by change of diet and lifestyle but generally waiting will see them worsen and, if you wait too long, your treatment options may be limited to surgery. Ask today to be referred to a Rafaelo Consultant and you might find that treatment is more bearable than you think!