We offer the lowest risk and effective treatment for haemorrhoids in the UK. Many of our patients report minimal or no discomfort during and after the procedure and there is no need for anaesthesia. There is no cutting, heat or stitching, meaning no time off work.
Appointments (including diagnosis & treatment) can take less than an hour. Our home treatment service is designed so that you don’t need to travel to a clinic or hospital to receive treatment. Our nurse specialists will come to you.
Electrotherapy involves using a gentle electrical current to shrink the haemorrhoid(s). It is a non-surgical procedure that has been clinically researched for over 150 years. There is no cutting, stitching or heat applied.
The low electrical current stimulates a chemical reaction, which seals off the feeding blood vessels, resulting in the haemorrhoid being starved of its blood supply and it shrinks accordingly, with associated symptom reduction.
The effect continues to work to close the vessels for up to 4 weeks. Our nursing team will be in touch at this point to hear your progress.
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 low-dose 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 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.
Haemorrhoids shrink during the procedure and can continue to shrink for up to 4 weeks after treatment – your symptoms will normally diminish. Many of our patients feel immediate relief after treatment.
Our nursing team will be in touch after 4 weeks to hear your progress.
Yes, eXroid® 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 NHS website 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 website 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 0203 974 6950.
We take payment at time of booking. We accept all major debit or credit cards including American Express.
Alternatively, we have various o% finance options available should you wish to spread your payment over 12 months etc.
The cost of electrotherapy is £1,195.
We have tailored our service to make it simple and effective for our patients. Your first appointment will cost £1,195, which includes a £320 examination and consultation fee.
If your treatment cannot go ahead for any reason after the initial consultation & examination, the treatment portion of the fee will be refunded (£875); the consultation fee (£320) is non-refundable.
For any follow up treatments we charge £745.
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:
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
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 0203 974 6950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need our assistance.
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, most patients return to normal 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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