Home Haemorrhoid Treatment Electrotherapy

Fast, effective, gentle
Home treatment for haemorrhoids

Our specialist nurses provide electrotherapy haemorrhoid treatment in the comfort of your own home. No need to travel to clinic or hospital. Recommended by NICE.

The benefits of home haemorrhoid treatment

Quick

Our treatment takes 30 minutes or less. You can usually get back to your daily activities on the same day

Gentle

Electrotherapy is one of the gentlest treatments available for piles

discreet

Our treatment is carried by a specialist nurse in the comfort of your own home.

effective

A proven treatment for piles. Electrotherapy is a new treatment that has been recommended by NICE.

SAFE

A minimal or no discomfort procedure that requires no anaesthetic. All our equipment and single-use treatment kits carry the CE mark

Hassle free

No travel costs or timely visits to and from the clinic or hospital. Our nurses come to you

What are HAEMORRHOIDS?

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen veins in the area of your bottom (the rectum and anus). It’s very common – in excess of 8 million individuals in the UK experience the inconvenience and pain brought about by haemorrhoids.

What is electrotherapy?

Electrotherapy involves using 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)

Electrotherapy in some cases is wrongly described as an electrical shock treatment. While it is correct that power is utilised, the level is so low that it can never be classed as an electrical shock. A delicate current is connected to the base of the haemorrhoid for as long as 10 minutes and there is no requirement for anaesthetic. Many patients feel instant relief after treatment. 

The fundamental advantages of electrotherapy treatment for haemorrhoids is the accommodation of the technique. Our treatment is carried out by a specialist nurse in the comfort of your own home as opposed to you visiting a hospital or clinic. There is little need for downtime after treatment so you can return to your daily activities on the same day in most cases. However, for some patients 24-48 hours rest may be needed. 

Electrotherapy is a relatively new treatment in the UK, yet it has officially demonstrated to be an effective option to other haemorrhoid treatments. Because of it’s  effectiveness and low complication rate, NICE has recommended electrotherapy for the treatment of haemorrhoids.

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 put in into your bottom so the nurse has a clear view of the haemorrhoid(s). A thin metal probe is then inserted down the proctoscope and set at the base of the haemorrhoid. A low electrical current is given which 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 size of haemorrhoid and the current delivered (about 30 minutes or less).

Is electrotherapy effective for piles?

Electrotherapy is a very effective treatment for haemorrhoids. The number of treatments you need depends on how many haemorrhoids you have and how large they are.

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Are there are any risks with electrotherapy?

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.

 

Your steps to Treatment

  • Step 1. Call 0333 305 8964 to speak to a nurse advisor, email treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk or request a call back.
  • Step 2. Telephone consulation with a specialist nurse to assess suitabilty for treatment
  • Step 3. Outline of treatment & costs provided
  • Step 4. Home care visit arranged
  • Step 5. Treatment provided in the home
  • Step 6. Aftercare services provided

Request a call back

Price includes consultation, home visit, treatment, equipment and aftercare services. 

Call us on 0333 305 8964 or email treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk to find out more..

What do our patients say...

Treatment for haemorrhoids, Treatment for Piles

The treatment worked brilliantly. I went shopping on the same day

Ann - Yorkshire

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Within days I was playing a round of golf

John - Devon

Home Haemorrhoid Treatment

The treatment itself was painless! 

If anyone suffers from the indignity of piles, I would highly recommend this treatment. There is no pain and no awful after effects. After treatment I felt relieved and no longer in pain or feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Electrotherapy for Haemorrhoids

FIND OUT MORE

Electrotherapy is recommended by NICE for the treatment of haemorrhoids.

Who are we?

Wren Healthcare is a unique UK registered healthcare provider, founded by clinical specialist nurses. 

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. 

Meet our team

Treatment for Haemorrhoids, Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell

Specialist Nurse

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.

Treatment for Haemorrhoids, Sarah Diamond

Sarah Diamond

Specialist Nurse

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.

FAQ

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:

Breast reduction;
Removal of benign skin lesions;
Grommets for Glue Ear;
Tonsillectomy for sore throats;
Haemorrhoid surgery;
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.

The treatment cost is £995 covering up to three haemorrhoids. Follow up treatments (if required) will be charged at £745 per treatment.

Please note that cancellations less than 48 hours before the appointment may result in a cancellation fee. 

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 except American Express. 

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 and, for a small percentage (actually 11%) one or more days is 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:

  • Pregnancy
  • 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
  • Megacolon

Electrotherapy is new to 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. However, we would be happy to provide further information to your GP if they are interested in learning more about the treatment.

Call us on 0333 305 8964 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please note that cancellations less than 48 hours before the appointment may result in a cancellation fee.

lifestyle ADvice

Suffering with haemorrhoids? View our lifestyle booklet for advice on diet, exercise, hydration to help manage your symptoms.

Our Partners

Proudly partnering with eXroid to bring electrotherapy treatment to your home