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Haemorrhoids

Questions and asnwers about piles and the THD haemorrhoid procedure? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to see if your question has been answered or if it hasn’t just request more treatment information.

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If I have already undergone another type of surgery, can I still undergo the THD procedure?

Since the THD procedure is minimally invasive, it does not interfere with other types of surgery. However you should always consult a Consultant who can advise you on the most appropriate treatment.

Can haemorrhoids reoccur afterwards?

Despite the THD procedure being a very recent technique, the relapse rates observed during the first 5 years after the procedure are very low.

Does the THD haemorrhoid procedure have any contraindications?

Currently there are no known contraindications. Furthermore the procedure is a preferred method for elderly people and for patients with poorer health conditions, due to its minimal invasiveness.

How do I know whether the THD procedure is relevant to my condition?

If you feel any symptoms that are commonly associated with haemorrhoids, such as rectal bleeding or itching, please consult your GP who can assess your medical condition and refer you to a consultant if required. The Consultant will be able to determine whether you should undergo the THD procedure.

How long does the THD haemorrhoid procedure take?

The procedure normally takes half an hour.

What kind of anaesthetic is used for the procedure?

The THD procedure is normally carried out under a general anaesthetic.

What follow-up treatments need to be done after the procedure?

Unless otherwise recommended by your consultant, there are no specific treatments to adhere to. Treatments that have commenced prior to the intervention can be resumed afterwards.

Should I stick to a specific diet after my haemorrhoid procedure?

We strongly recommend a high-fibre diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods. You should also drink plenty of water (at least two litres per day) to prevent constipation and to avoid straining.

How long does it take to resume normal activities after the THD haemorrhoid procedure?

You should only feel a slight discomfort within the first 24 – 48 hours after the procedure. After this period of time, most patients are able to resume their normal activities, since there are no open wounds which need to be taken care of.

Does the procedure change the anatomical structure of the affected areas?

The THD procedure does not imply any incisions so the areas where the procedure is performed will remain intact during and after the procedure without changing their anatomical structure. In case of any haemorrhoidal prolapse, the prolapsed tissue is lifted back to its natural position, leaving the anatomical structure in its original state.

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