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Haemorrhoid (Piles) Electrotherapy treatment

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 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 specialist nurse.

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

90% of patients who shared their experience resumed normal activities the same day

Many of our patients are cleared after one treatment. 

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.

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

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

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lifestyle ADvice

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

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To speak to a nurse advisor please call 0333 305 8964 or email: treatments@wrenhealthcare.co.u

You can also use the form below:

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

After doing a bit of research, I reluctantly opted for the most invasive operation [for piles] because it had the highest success rate but the recovery time after the operation could be far longer than I expected and could also be very painful. I knew I had to have something done; the condition was starting to rule my life. Then my brother drew my attention to an article he had found about electrotherapy treatment, so I researched reviews from the US and knew immediately that I had nothing to lose. My GP supported my decision so I decided to go ahead.

The treatment itself took no time at all. The treatment was pain-free, and I actually had less discomfort than before the treatment and went sightseeing and shopping. There was no recovery time at all. I honestly feel like a new woman! I am able to do things that I have not been able to do for years, and my social life has never been so active. I have recommended this treatment to my family and friends, and my GP is delighted with the outcome. It is absolutely, totally worth it and has given me back my life.

"Within days I was playing a round of golf"

As an 80 year old, I have recently had the electrotherapy rectal procedure, lasting 30 minutes, for a prolapsed haemorrhoid (piles) which was carefully administered. I can truthfully report that within days I was playing a round of golf in comfort for the first time in 2 months. I contrast, some 53 years ago I had a surgical operation for piles, and I remember how painful it was—like being kicked by a mule—and spent days in hospital lying on a rubber ring!

I hereby recommend this low-risk, without anaesthesia, non-invasive procedure.

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