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Read our patient reviews and testimonials for The Rafaelo Procedure

“I had three large grade 3 prolapsing haemorrhoids. I’d had them for about ten years, and in the last four years they had become really problematic. Two sessions of rubber band ligation had not helped, and they were now too large to be eligible for a third.

I was preparing myself for the possibility of a haemorrhoidectomy when I found out about the Rafaelo procedure. Upon enquiry I was very quickly seen by Mr Amin Haji at the Whitely Clinic. (I should note that my GP was able to refer me to another consultant, further away, who could undertake the procedure on the NHS. However because the haemorrhoids were by now causing me to miss work, and I chose to pay and go privately in order to be seen quickly).

The procedure itself was uncomfortable but less painful than the banding had been. In fact the initial sigmoidoscopy (examination with a camera) was more uncomfortable than the procedure. I was able to go about my business the next day, and went to several meetings in different parts of London.

Seven days after the procedure I felt completely normal after a bowel movement. The sense of freedom was incredible. This is what other people must feel like!

A few days went by and symptoms returned. Oh no! Was I the only person for whom the Rafaelo hadn’t worked? Thankfully, no. Due to the size of the haemorrhoids it seems the healing process was taking a little longer. A further examination four weeks after the procedure revealed that one haemorrhoid had not healed, but had been reduced in size enough that a final banding session would remove it.

However, at the eight week follow up, more good news. The final troublesome haemorrhoid had healed completely and I was now completely asymptomatic. I am delighted and hugely grateful to be able to have a normal life after struggling for so long, and without the need for very painful surgery.”

Mr H

“I have suffered from haemorrhoids for many years. In desperation I consulted Mr Alla Amin. He recommended Rafaelo. Since having the treatment I have not looked back. It has changed my life. The haemorrhoids have gone. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Amin and Rafaelo.”

Mr Anon, Hertfordshire"It has changed my life!"

“Astonishing. Life changing! Not a day goes by that I am not grateful to Mr Clarke & the Rafaelo Procedure.”

Mr Anon, Bournemouth"Life Changing!"
“In November 2019, I searched frantically for a new treatment for my haemorrhoids which I had been having issues with on and off for over 10 years. Having had many previous injections which were short-term fixes I was now searching for an alternative.
I looked at the Spires website (Bushey) and came across. Mr Alla Amin on the list of colorectal surgeons under haemorrhoids. I read the paragraph excitedly about Rafaelo and the new pioneering treatment so I made an appointment immediately with Mr Alla Amin.
Unfortunately for me, my haemorrhoid was extremely large with a very large skin tag and required a haemorrhoidectomy – this was done together with three other smaller haemorrhoids on the other side which were banded at the same time, carried out by Mr Alla Amin extremely successfully – although painful, it was very worthwhile.
All was okay until last month, when I had further issues on the other side with two further haemorrhoids (not sure if they were the original that had been banded or new ones). I was not going to make the same mistake again and leave it too long this time leaving me with a few treatment  options  options. I arranged an appointment with Mr Alla Amin before my holiday and injections were done but it was suggested that I would probably need the Rafaelo treatment but since I was going away it was going to be a short-term fix. Unfortunately the injections proved  to be not only very uncomfortable this time causing very uncomfortable swelling but proved unsuccessful.
After my holiday I returned to visit Mr Alla Amin and booked in for a Rafaelo Procedure which I had yesterday at Spire Bushey Hospital. I found the whole treatment extremely comfortable and without pain. I did not need sedation – I had a local anaesthetic injection on the two haemorrhoids, both grade 2. From the moment I arrived in the hospital till I left everybody was extremely kind and courteous. Mr Alla Amin is extremely charming and very polite and explained everything to me as we went along. The nurses on duty were very kind and reassuring during the whole short procedure.
I felt no pain neither during the procedure nor after. Returning back to my room I was given a lovely sandwich signed off to return back in six weeks for a follow-up. Today I have still not needed any painkillers as I am pain-free. I’m hopeful of a complete recovery. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Alla Amin and his kind colleagues both clinically and administratively”.
Mrs G, Hertfordshire"I am pain free"

“I was suffering from Haemorrhoids following my pregnancy and at the beginning of 2016 I went to see Mr Nick West at Spire St. Anthony’s Hospital. He offered me various treatment options including the new Rafaelo Procedure, which I decided to go for as it didn’t involve surgery and I was due to go on holiday shortly afterwards. I had to ask him following the procedure if he had actually done anything as I couldn’t feel a thing. I went away and everything was fine, no itching, no bleeding and no pain. I haven’t suffered any symptoms since and I am delighted. ”

Mrs M

“Having suffered with the pain and discomfort for years, I was somewhat skeptical about this new treatment.  However, my haemorrhoids were treated instantly within one session, and I left the clinic ready to go back to work the same afternoon.  I still can’t quite believe how painless and straightforward The Rafaelo Procedure was. The staff put me at ease instantly and the whole thing was over before I knew it. I would highly recommend The Rafaelo Procedure to anyone suffering the discomfort and anxiety of piles”

Mrs N

Mrs E (86) was treated for her prolapsing haemorrhoids by Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Mr Nick West, having suffered on and off for the past 63 years but got to the stage where her symptoms were no longer manageable. She read about Rafaelo in the Daily Mail and did her own research on the internet. Mrs Elliott says that the procedure itself “was totally comfortable” and she is now fully cured of her symptoms. She says that “The Rafaelo Procedure is ‘absolutely life changing’ and would recommend it to anyone”

Mrs E

Mr Alex Van Roon is a Superstar, he sorted out my Haemorrhoid issues, in 45 Minutes, extremely professional, extremely helpful and caring. I highly recommend this surgeon, if this is an issue that is a problem for you.

Mr M T

“After giving birth to three children, I have been plagued with very uncomfortable bleeding piles. I have had banding twice, but unfortunately this did not cure them.  I was listed for a conventional haemorrhoidectomy, but having read about the long recovery period and painful operation, I decided to look for an alternative solution.  I read about the revolutionary Rafaelo technique in a national newspaper and was delighted to learn that my local BMI hospital was offering the procedure. After a reassuring consultation with Mr Saeed, I was booked in for my procedure as a day case. I had no pain at all after the operation and the relief from piles was immediate. I was even able to go to work the next day. I would not hesitate to recommend the procedure.

I now have no piles so have no symptoms-fantastic!”

Ms P

“I am 72 years of age and have suffered from haemorrhoids on and off for the past 25 years. I have tried banding on numerous occasions but whilst it seemed to work at the time, it was only temporary and the problems of bleeding and itching returned each time. I had a consultation with Mr Nick West at Spire St. Anthony’s in March 2016 who mentioned that he was due to start offering The Rafaelo Procedure and I jumped at the opportunity. I wouldn’t say it was pain free but it was completely tolerable with very little, if any, discomfort afterwards. Since then I have had no symptoms whatsoever, I am utterly delighted and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Rafaelo Procedure to others.”

Mr G

“I am utterly delighted with my result so far – miraculous!!

I recently heard about the Rafaelo Method for treating haemorrhoids and having experienced a few years of discomfort with these horrid things I was very interested in finding out more about it.  I was informed that it was completely different from the conventional surgical removal which friends had warned was a most unpleasant and painful experience with a 3-week recovery.

I made an appointment with Mr. Amin, a consultant at the Spire Hospital in Harpenden.  He explained the Rafaelo Method to me in great detail and carried out this procedure on me five days later using only local anesthesia with mild sedation.  It took about 15 minutes from start to finish and I went home a couple of hours later with hardly any discomfort.

Three days post-op I can honestly say that I have more-or-less forgotten that I have had anything done!  I have had no “down-time” whatsoever and overall am delighted with the result.

I would highly recommend the Rafaelo Method to anyone with troublesome haemorrhoids.  It’s brilliant!”

Mrs S

“I have been suffering from Haemorrhoids for almost 20 years and I couldn’t bear it any longer. I booked in for a HALO procedure but I was very nervous as I really didn’t want surgery. As my treatment date approached, I read about The Rafaelo Procedure. It sounded too good to be true but I simply had to find out more about it. I went to see a colorectal surgeon, Mr Nick West, at Spire St. Anthony’s – he recommended The Rafaelo Procedure and I trusted him. I cancelled the HALO and I haven’t looked back – it was a few months ago now but I can remember that there was no pain during or after the procedure and now I am fully cured. I am over the moon!”

Mrs P

I had the Rafaelo Procedure in March. I have had painful haemorrhoids for over 30 years after the birth of my 2nd child. I had exhausted the NHS options available and decided to pay for this treatment. It was absolutely amazing, no pain, during or after. 2 months later they have totally gone and this has made a massive difference to me. Surely this treatment should be available on the NHS as a large percentage of the population suffer with this problem. 

Mrs J APatient of Mr Maslekar, Spire Leeds