Say goodbye to piles with haemorrhoid electrotherapy
Our electrotherapy treatments often leave patients with minimal or no discomfort, and take less than an hour. Treatment can be arranged within 2 weeks. Our nurses are always friendly, discreet and professional.
Over 8 million people in the UK suffer with haemorrhoids and many patients choose electrotherapy as an effective alternative to invasive and potentially painful surgery. Our procedure is delivered by specialist homecare nurses in the comfort of your own home.
Proudly partnering with eXroid to bring the eXroid electrotherapy procedure to your home and at our Edinburgh clinic.
Electrotherapy Treatment for Haemorrhoids / Piles
What are HAEMORRHOIDS?
Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged and swollen blood vessels in or around the lower rectum and the anus. It’s very common – about 8 million people in the UK suffer with piles (haemorrhoids).
What is electrotherapy?
Electrotherapy involves using a gentle electric current to shrink the haemorrhoid(s). It’s an alternative to banding for patients with grade I or II haemorrhoids, and as an alternative to surgery for patients with grade III or IV haemorrhoids. (NICE)
A gentle current is connected to the base of the haemorrhoid for as long as 10 minutes and there is no requirement for anaesthesia. Many patients feel instant relief after treatment.
There is little need for downtime after treatment with most patients able to return to daily activities on the same day.
Electrotherapy is a relatively new treatment in the UK and has demonstrated to be an effective option when compared to other treatments. Because of it’s effectiveness and low complication rate, NICE has positively reviewed electrotherapy for the treatment of haemorrhoids.
Advantages of electrotherapy
- No preparation (e.g. no enema)
- No anaesthesia
- Treatment is carried out in the comfort of your own home
- Non-invasive — no cutting or needles
- No need to travel to clinic or hospital — our nurses come to you.
- Each treatment takes 10-30 minutes
- Most of our patients who shared their experience resumed normal activities the same day
- Many of our patients are cleared after one treatment.
What does the treatment involve?
The procedure is completed by lying on your side, with your knees slightly bent. While in this position a proctoscope (a small plastic tube) is inserted into your bottom to give the nurse a clear view of the haemorrhoid(s).
A direct electric current is then sent to the base of the haemorrhoid using a probe with metal contact points. This causes a chemical cauterisation and thrombosis of the veins to take place encouraging the haemorrhoid to shrink.
The low-level electric current is controlled by a hand piece connected to the probe which allows our nurse to increase or decrease the current dependent on your resistance.
The treatment lasts for about 30 minutes or less depending on the number and size of haemorrhoid(s) and the current delivered.
Electrotherapy after treatment
Haemorrhoids shrink during the procedure and can continue to shrink for a week or longer after treatment – your symptoms will normally diminish. Many of our patients feel immediate relief after treatment.
Your steps to Treatment
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What do our patients say...
Who are we?
Wren Healthcare is a UK registered healthcare provider, founded by clinical nurse specialists.
We provide care to patients in the comfort of their own home – ranging from straightforward delivery of medication to specialist nursing for complex conditions.
We are passionate about delivering the highest quality of care for our patients.
Our specialist team of nurses are highly trained and have years of clinical homecare experience supporting patients with their chosen treatment in the home.
Our Electrotherapy Nurse Specialists
Danielle has 11 years of experience within healthcare, she has managed a busy oncology homecare service across the South of England and is passionate about bringing care closer to home for patients. As well as working within an NHS acute colorectal surgical ward, Danielle has also played an integral role as a specialist screening practitioner within the NHS England colorectal screening service across 3 busy NHS trusts. Danielle is also qualified in administration of systemic anti-cancer therapy and has trained a team across the UK and Ireland in specialist oncology care. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and spending time at the beach.
Sarah has over 20 years of nursing experience that includes 4 years in acute medicine, providing her with the skills to be an autonomous practitioner in the community. Sarah was also the lead Oncology nurse for 2 years at The Tunbridge Wells Nuffield and worked for 13 years in rare diseases providing enzyme replacement therapies in patient's homes. Sarah's hobbies include swimming, pilates and travel.
Most frequently asked questions
Yes, electrotherapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for UK patients, and has been shown to be an effective method for treating smaller haemorrhoids. It can also be used as an alternative to surgery for treating larger haemorrhoids, but there is less evidence (at present) for its effectiveness.
Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/piles-haemorrhoids/treatment/for more information.
No, we’ll take care of everything for you and we’ll even write to your GP afterwards to let them know.
Electrotherapy for haemorrhoids is a treatment that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has evaluated and recommended for UK patients (source NHS.UK).
From 1st April 2019, the NHS has implemented restrictions in the scope of its services which means that over 17 procedures will only be funded by the NHS in exceptional individual circumstances. The list includes:
Removal of benign skin lesions;
Grommets for Glue Ear;
Tonsillectomy for sore throats;
Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding;
Chalazia (lesions on eyelids) removal;
Removal of bone spurs for shoulder pain;
Carpal tunnel syndrome release;
Dupuytren’s contracture release for tightening of fingers;
Ganglion excision – removal of noncancerous lumps on the wrist or hand;
Trigger finger release;
Varicose vein surgery
Where possible, we’re doing all we can to support patients appeal their referrals, and we’re here to help where the NHS are unable to cover treatment.
We advise patients to review the ‘limited procedure lists’ which their local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) via their wesbite and contact us for further advice.
Please get in touch to find out about our payment options. You can contact us using our live chat service or call us on 0333 305 8964.
We take full payment at time of booking. We accept all major debit or credit cards including American Express.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0333 305 8964 to discuss our treatment prices.
Electrotherapy treatment usually causes minimal or no discomfort. However, as pain thresholds do vary, some patients find it more uncomfortable than others.
It can take up to 10 minutes for each pile, or up to 30 minutes for one session treating 3 piles. An initial consultation and treatment takes 45 – 60 minutes.
No, you don’t need to do anything before your treatment.
This is usually possible for most. However, for some patients, a short recovery time may be required.
No, however, the nurse will be able to suggest the possible number of treatment sessions you might need compared to other patients with similar numbers and grade of piles. The larger the piles, the more treatments you will usually need for complete eradication.
We cannot guarantee how many treatments you’ll need; as per any medical treatment, everyone has different responses to electrotherapy, dependant on the severity of your condition.
Yes, we will always make sure there is someone there for you.
We would advise against having the treatment if you have any of the below conditions:
- Pacemaker and / or defibrillator implant
- Bleeding disorder
- Anticoagulant therapy where the INR is greater than 3.0
- Active anorectal infection
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Lower abdominal / lower quadrant transplant patients
- Purely external haemorrhoids
- Diagnoses of grade 4 haemorrhoids
Electrotherapy is a relatively new treatment in the UK and not all GP’s have heard of it. We believe your GP should find all the information they need right here on our website in order to advise you. Further information can also be found on NICE’s website: haemorrhoids https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg525/chapter/1-Recommendations
We would be happy to provide further information to your GP if they are interested in learning more about the treatment. Please contact our team on 0333 305 8964 or email email@example.com if you need our assistance.
- Nurse and chaperone will arrive at your home at time of booking (nurse will ring ahead to confirm arrival time)
- Nurse will recap medical information and go through consent form
- Nurse will setup all equipment
- Treatment will commence (treatment will take around 30 minutes)
- The nurse will give you aftercare and lifestyle advice
- The nurse will call you 48 hours after treatment and again 4 weeks later to see how your symptoms are
No treatment for haemorrhoids is 100% safe or effective for all patients, and electrotherapy is no different —there are some risks even the most safest and effective treatment.
Rectal bleeding can be a symptom, yet this is normally temporary. Following treatment, there may be bleeding, which is possible if there has been recent bleeding from the haemorrhoids.
Some patients will experience sensitive skin on their left hip for up to 48 hours post procedure, where the saline soaked sponge pad rests during the treatment. Other side effects are very rare or have not been reported, but can include more prolonged discomfort or pain, an external thrombosed haemorrhoid, infections, scarring, strictures or perforation of the bowel.
In view of the patients who’ve shared their experiences, 90% reported a return to daily activities on the same day. If there is any discomfort post treatment your nurse will advise you to take some over the counter analgesics such as paracetamol. Overall, the treatment has been proven to be complication free.
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