Recommendation ID

NICE encourages further research into radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids, preferably randomised controlled trials. It may update the guidance on publication of further evidence. Outcomes should include pain, secondary haemorrhage, recurrence rate, the need for repeat procedures and quality-of-life measures. Details of patient selection should also be reported.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids is inadequate in quantity and quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids
Date issued
August 2017

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/08/2017