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Haemorrhoids or piles, are swellings that contain enlarged blood vessels that are found inside or around the bottom (the rectum and anus). Most haemorrhoids are mild and sometimes don’t even cause symptoms. When there are symptoms, these usually include: bleeding after passing a stool (the blood will be bright red), itchy bottom, a lump hanging down outside of the anus, which may need to be pushed back in after passing a stool
The exact cause of haemorrhoids is unclear, although they are associated with increased pressure in the blood vessels in and around your anus. Most cases are thought to be caused by excessive straining on the toilet, due to prolonged constipation, often resulting from a lack of fibre in your diet.
The Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation (HALO) is an operation designed to eradicate piles without the need for cutting or a general anaesthetic.
Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.
The consultant used a miniature doppler ultrasound device to locate all the arteries supplying the haemorrhoids as they come down from the rectum under the lining of the bowel. The device has a small window allowing a stitch to be placed around the artery which cuts off the blood supply to the pile. During the procedure all the arteries supplying the piles are located (up to 6) and tied off. Over the next few days and weeks the pile shrinks away and the symptoms resolve.
Because the stitch is placed in the lower rectum, where there are virtually no pain nerves, rather than in the anus the procedure is virtually painless and can be performed under mild sedation rather than a general anaesthetic, however should patients prefer to have this procedure under a general anaesthetic this can be discussed with the Consultant at the initial consultation.
Because all of the blood vessels to the piles are accurately located, the operation is more successful than injection, and as the blood vessels are properly ligated rather than just looped with a band they will not dislodge, producing a better response with far less risk of bleeding after this procedure.
Most patients are back to work after 24 – 48 hours with only a minimum of discomfort.
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