rafaelo procedure

Haemorrhoids, commonly known as piles, are swollen blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum area. About half the people in the UK develop one or more haemorrhoids at some stage.

Certain situations, such as constipation and pregnancy may contribute to haemorrhoids developing, with increased pressure around the anus. But ageing and hereditary factors can also play a part. They can be painless, but they can cause bleeding, discomfort, pain and itching.

Traditionally, haemorrhoids are treated with methods ranging from dietary changes and medicated creams to more invasive surgical procedures depending on their severity. However, there’s another technique known as the Rafaelo procedure that has shown to be a superior alternative, offering significant benefits over traditional methods.

Mr Alan Woodward is the only surgeon in Wales who offers the Rafaelo procedure. So, what is it and how does it work?

What is the Rafaelo procedure?

The Rafaelo procedure is a modern treatment approach that utilises radiofrequency energy to effectively treat haemorrhoids. This technique involves directing a controlled wave of radiofrequency energy to the haemorrhoid, which causes the blood vessels to shrink and the haemorrhoid to reduce significantly in size or disappear completely.

Mr Woodward performs the procedure under general anaesthetic, and it is especially beneficial for treating Grade 2 or Grade 3 haemorrhoids that permanently hang outside of the anus (prolapse) and may be quite large and causing distress.

What are the benefits of treating haemorrhoids with Rafaelo?

The Rafaelo technique has several benefits over other traditional haemorrhoid treatment methods, making it an attractive option for many patients. Here’s a closer look at just some of these advantages:

A minimally invasive, quick procedure

One of the standout benefits of the Rafaelo procedure is its minimally invasive nature. Unlike conventional surgery, which can require extensive recovery time and carries risks of complications, the Rafaelo procedure is quick and straightforward. It can be performed in a clinic setting and usually takes less than 15 minutes.

This minimally invasive approach greatly reduces the risk of infection and complications, making it a safer choice for haemorrhoid treatment.

Very little pain

Patients who undergo the Rafaelo procedure report very little pain both during and after the treatment. This is a significant improvement over traditional surgical treatments, which can be quite painful and often require pain management with medications post-operation.

The Rafaelo technique minimises discomfort, making the patient’s experience much more comfortable.

Immediate return to daily activities

Another major benefit of the Rafaelo procedure is the ability to return to daily activities almost immediately. There is no need for an extended recovery period, which is commonly associated with more invasive surgical methods. Patients can resume their normal routine, including going back to work, within a few days of their procedure. This convenience is a crucial factor for many who cannot afford to take extended time off from their responsibilities.

The Rafaelo procedure represents a significant advancement in the treatment of haemorrhoids, providing a quick and effective solution with minimal downtime.

If you have haemorrhoids and would like to see if the Rafaelo technique could be the best option for you, schedule an appointment with Mr Alan Woodward today.

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