A new treatment for haemorrhoids could banish the need for surgery to ease the condition. administered by a probe that delivers a small electric shock – and has already been successful patients in the US.
Now the technology has arrived in the UK with the hope that it will eventually be taken up by the NHS.
Conventional treatment for the problem – commonly known as piles – can require a four or five-day stay in hospital with considerable discomfort to the patient for some time.
With the new procedure, there is less pain, and it costs less than the existing treatment, which is currently about £2k
Haemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the anal canal that become swollen and can sometimes bleed.
Half the UK population will suffer at some point in their lives
The new device is called Ultroid and it delivers six volts of direct electrical current to the haemorrhoid, which is enough to make it shrivel and cause no further discomfort.
Most people develop two or three piles at a time. Treatments last about ten minutes per pile.
Results from treatment in the US show that about 85 per cent of patients suffered no recurrence.