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Natalie’s Story

Piles is probably the least talked about of problems despite the huge numbers of sufferers. A combination of embarrassment and feeling there’s no effective remedy keeps us quiet, yet while many will find their condition naturally resolves itself, for some the condition becomes very much worse until a ‘normal’ life seems virtually impossible.

This was the case for 28 year-old mum, Natalie Prytherch. An otherwise healthy, outgoing young woman, Natalie found herself increasingly in pain and unable to take part in the everyday activities she’d previously taken for granted, read more on Natalie’s story below…

Piles affected everything

“I developed piles when I was around 7 months pregnant with my second child and even though they were painful, my doctor said that there were no safe treatments for me, not even creams, so I had to put up with it.” She says.

After her son was born the condition just got worse.

“Having piles affected everything. I couldn’t go to the toilet properly because the swollen veins were protruding and I always felt unclean afterwards like I wanted to take a shower, but with two young children to take care of, there wasn’t always time for that. And when my period came it was even more painful.

“On nights out I found I couldn’t have a glass of wine as this seemed to make the situation worse so I couldn’t really enjoy a social life. While at home it affected my relationship with my husband because I felt sore and didn’t feel I wanted him to get close to me. It was a nightmare really.”

Natalie suffered in this way for two and half years

During that time underwent two outpatient procedures of banding which proved unsuccessful.

So when she found out about the latest new treatment called Transansal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation (THD) she was prepared to give it a try, although by that time she had reached the stage of thinking that nothing could help her.

“After a while, you begin to think the pain is normal and you just don’t realise how bad things have become,” Natalie explains. Consulting with colorectal surgeon and world renowned THD specialist, Pasquale Giordano Natalie immediately knew she was in good hands.

“Unlike my other consultations, he was asking me how piles were affecting me day to day so he could understand how bad they actually were.”

Natalie finally had her THD treatment in October 2012

The treatment involved using ultrasound to accurately locate the arteries that were feeding the haemorrhoids and then ligate (tie) them, the second part of the procedure involved using sutures (plication) to pull the prolapsing haemorrhoids back into place.

Because there is no cutting, there is minimal pain, no scarring and therefore faster recovery.