What is The Rafaelo Procedure?
The Rafaelo Procedure is now an established treatment in the UK and across the world, utilising latest radio frequency technology to 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 CIGNA, AVIVA, VITALITY & WPA under code H5120. Rafaelo is also available on the NHS at University College London Hospital, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital, St. Albans City Hospital, King George Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital and Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. Others will soon be offering it too.
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 full blown surgery. Ask today to be referred to a Rafaelo Consultant and you will find that treatment is more bearable than you think!
IMPORTANT – make sure, whichever treatment you decide to opt for, that you are seen and treated by a qualified Colorectal Surgeon. This is vital for two main reasons – sometimes, what appears to be symptoms of haemorrhoids can in fact be indicators of something far more serious, potentially life threatening, and it is vitally important that your physician is able and qualified to identify that. Also, your physician needs to be able to deal with any complications of treatment, which is possible with all types of anal surgery/treatment, so that you are comforted in the knowledge that you simply won’t be left to suffer.
Information About The Rafaelo Procedure, including Pricing
Which Insurance Companies cover The Rafaelo Procedure?
The Rafaelo Procedure is reimbursed by various insurance companies, including CIGNA, AVIVA, VITALITY and WPA. Others are expected to cover the procedure in the future.