NICE has been notified about this procedure and will consider it as part of its work programme. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Status In progress
Process IP
ID number 1357
Description Radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids is usually done under local anaesthesia. A lubricated proctoscope is inserted into the anus to allow good visualisation of the anal canal and to expose the haemorrhoids. Local anaesthetic is injected into the tissue surrounding the haemorrhoid. Details of the procedure vary according to the specific device being used. A specially designed probe connected to a radiofrequency generator is inserted into the haemorrhoid, or a ball electrode is rolled over the surface of the haemorrhoid. The tissue within the haemorrhoid heats up and the haemorrhoid shrinks. The haemorrhoids may be treated in several sessions, each taking up to 20 minutes. Radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids is claimed to be faster and less painful than other treatment methods, with a shorter recovery time.


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
12 April 2017 - 10 May 2017 Interventional procedure consultation

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