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One of the UK's most effective and least invasive treatment for piles delivered by specialist nurses in the comfort of your own home.

Electrotherapy treatment for Piles (Haemorrhoids)

What is electrotherapy?

Electrotherapy is sometimes wrongly described as an electric shock treatment for haemorrhoids. Whilst it is correct that electricity is used, the level is so low that it could never be described as an electric shock. The procedure is exclusively used for the treatment of internal piles which provides an option for patients with grade 1 or 2 haemorrhoids who may otherwise have opted for banding or sclerotherapy or for patients with more severe grade 3 or 4 haemorrhoids as an alternative to surgery.

The main benefits of the electrical treatment for haemorrhoids is the convenience of the procedure and the lack of required downtime after treatment for most patients. Electrotherapy may be relatively new to the UK, but it has already proven to be an effective alternative to some of the more well-known haemorrhoid treatments.

Electrotherapy is a fast, effective and safe electrotherapy treatment for internal haemorrhoids—piles. The procedure is simple and usually painless. A gentle current is applied to the base of the haemorrhoid for up to 10 minutes. Usually there is more than one haemorrhoid to be treated. Up to 3 can be treated at one time.

What does electrotherapy treatment for piles 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 electrical 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 treatment for piles

Electrotherapy is a non-invasive non-surgical treatment that can be used to treat internal piles and, for most people, enable you to get back to your life on the same day. Please get in touch to discuss your treatment options with a nurse specialist.

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

Nearly all of our patients who we’ve treated resumed normal activities on the same day

Many of our patients are cleared after one treatment. 

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 p(iles) 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.

Electrotherapy Treatment for Piles (Haemorrhoids)

  • Treats internal piles
  • Non-invasive — no cutting or needles
  • No bowel preparation or anaesthesia required
  • Delivered by NMC registered nurse specialists
  • Treatment is carried out in the comfort of your own home — our nurses come to you.  
  • Appointments available within 24 hours

Fast

Our treatment takes 30 minutes or less. Most patients return to daily activities on the same day.

effective

Electrotherapy is an effective treatment for piles and has been positively evaluated by NICE (IPG525) as safe and effective.

Gentle

Electrotherapy is one of the most gentle treatments available for piles

SAFE

Electrotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that doesn't require anaesthesia. All our equipment and single-use treatment kits carry the CE mark. Electrotherapy has also been approved by NICE

discreet

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

Convenience

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

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.

Please email treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk 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 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 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 treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk if you need our assistance. 

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.

  • 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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Electrotherapy after treatment

Haemorrhoids (piles) 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

  • Step 1. Call 0333 305 8964 to speak to a nurse advisor and book a treatment. You can email treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk or request a call back.
  • Step 2. Telephone consultation with a specialist nurse to assess suitability for home treatment
  • Step 3. Home care visit arranged
  • Step 4. Treatment provided in the home
  • Step 5. Aftercare services provided

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To find out about our home electrotherapy treatment service please call 0333 305 8964

What do our patients say...

Electrotherapy for Haemorrhoids

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Electrotherapy has been positively reviewed by NICE (IPG525) for the treatment of haemorrhoids.

Our Electrotherapy Nurse Specialists

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.

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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.

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 treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk 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:

  • 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
  • Diagnoses of grade 4 haemorrhoids
  • Megacolon

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 treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.uk if you need our assistance. 

Call us on 0333 305 8964 and we will do our best to accommodate you. 
  • 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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Electrotherapy treatment takes 30 minutes or less and up to 3 haemorrhoids can be treated in a session. There’s no need for any anaesthetic, and you can usually resume your normal activities right after treatment.

There is no bowel prep or enema required beforehand which makes the procedure very easy to work into your schedule.

Haemorrhoids shrink during treatment and can continue to shrink for a week or longer after treatment, and your symptoms will normally diminish. Many patients feel instant relief immediately after treatment.

effective

Electrotherapy is an effective treatment for piles. Many of our patients are cleared of their haemorrhoid after one treatment and over 90% reported a return to normal activities within the same day. Even with large and complex haemorrhoids over 80% of patients are symptom free after after two treatments.

Our nurse specialists use a single-use probe to gently apply a low direct current (up to 16mA) to the base of the haemorrhoid, targeting the blood vessels which feed the haemorrhoid. No penetration of any kind is required. This causes a chemical reaction which effectively cauterises the feeding blood vessel to the haemorrhoid causing it to shrink. This NOT a heat treatment.  

There is no bowel prep or enema required beforehand which makes the procedure very easy to work into your schedule.

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.

Gentle

Electrotherapy is one of the gentlest treatments available for piles. Pain and discomfort have been consistently shown to be low for electrotherapy treatments, especially when compared to surgery.

A gentle current is applied to the base of the haemorrhoid, causing it to shrink as the treatment progresses. If the current is uncomfortable our specialist nurse can reduce it to a lower level. There is no need for any needles or sharp instruments. Many patients feel instant relief after treatment. 

Safe

With Wren Healthcare you’re in safe hands. Although no treatment for haemorrhoids is 100% safe or effective, electrotherapy has been approved by NICE for the treatment of piles.

All consultations include an examination by an experienced electrotherapy nurse specialist. Our nurses are UK NMC-registered that are highly trained in providing electrotherapy treatment in patient’s homes. Wren Healthcare is a CQC registered healthcare provider ensuring that our service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

All our equipment and single-use treatment kits carry the CE mark. 

discreet

Electrotherapy is carried out by a specialist nurse in the comfort of your own home. Our service is setup so that you don’t have to travel to hospital or clinic to undergo this treatment. The benefit of our treatment is that you can undergo the procedure with minimal disruption to your day.

Many patients find it embarrassing to talk about piles, even with their partners. Please don’t worry about calling us to discuss your symptoms, our nurses are always very empathetic and discreet. It only takes a moment to get in touch, but the positive change in quality of life created by our treatment can stay with you far longer. All calls are handled with complete confidentiality & discretion.

Our service has been setup to protect your privacy.

Hassle Free

With electrotherapy there is no need to travel to hospital or clinic to undergo this treatment. Our specialist nurses are able to visit you in the comfort of your own home saving you time and money on getting to and from a clinic/hospital.

Our treatment lasts for about 30 minutes allowing you to get on with your daily routine.