Haemorrhoids / Piles

Haemorrhoids are a common problem and affect around 50% of people at some time in their life. Haemorrhoids, also known as piles are rather like varicose veins in the canal of the anus. Piles develop from three pads or cushions of tissue that line the anal canal or back passage. Here, just under the mucous membrane inner lining, is a considerable network of veins extending upwards for an inch or so from the level of the skin to just above the anal canal, where it joins the rectum. This tissue is normal - it acts as a compressible lining that allows the anus to close completely, so avoiding leakage. If the veins become dilated and swollen, they may then project into the anal canal and even out of the back passage (this is called prolapse) to form visible swellings. These swellings are the 'piles'.

Although uncomfortable and embarrassing, it is not normally a serious condition. Piles are usually painless.

Piles may be completely symptomless, especially if they are small, and many people don't realise they have them. But they can also cause a range of problems:

A swelling protruding from the anus. Piles may be felt as small soft lumps at the opening of the back passage, sometimes compared to a 'bunch of grapes'. They are usually soft and fleshy but may become hard if thrombosis occurs. The piles may only appear after straining at the toilet. Protruding haemorrhoids can lead to skin irritation and discomfort and there is usually mucus discharge from the irritated mucous membrane.

Bleeding from the back passage. The lining that covers the piles is quite delicate and if it is damaged, for example as you open your bowels, there may be bleeding which is usually seen as small amounts of bright red blood on the toilet paper or on the surface of the motions. Occasionally piles cause severe bleeding.

Mucus discharge and itching. Piles can cause intense itching of the skin around the back passage.

Haemorrhoids can become inflamed and swollen, but are rarely very painful, unless associated with an actual splitting of the anus (anal fissure).

 Halo Clinic

The Halocentre has opened a new facility on Harley Street in Central London, offering flexible weekly clinics to suit you.

Weekly Clinics

Mon, Tues, Wed       16:30 – 19:30

Saturday                  09:00 – 12:00

Call 020 3198 2424 or email info@halocentre.com to speak live to our patient coordinator.

The Centre is the latest addition to the many Halocentre’s around the country providing the most technologically advanced and virtually pain free option for the treatment of Haemorrhoids’s.

The HALO™ procedure combines haemorrhoid artery ligation with a mucopexy for the prolapsing mucosa in one procedure. The result is a safe and gentle treatment that’s effective for all grades of haemorrhoids, and is NHS NICE approved.

The Harley Street Halocentre is home to some of the most experienced and well known surgeons in the country performing the HALO™ procedure. Contact us today to arrange a consultation to suit you.


Haemorrhoid prevention:
Cut down on fat (especially
animal fat), sugary food,
refined and processed food

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