Haemorrhoid removal treatment

Surgery to remove painful and itchy piles that don’t go away

Haemorrhoids (piles) are very common and their symptoms can often disappear on their own after a few days. Sometimes though, these symptoms – such as itchiness, discharge, soreness and bleeding – are severe and don’t go away.

Haemorrhoid removal treatment is needed to treat them.


Why us

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
Typical Hospital Stay

Same day discharge

Type of anaesthetic

Local or general

Covered by health insurance?


Available to self-pay?


Why you might need haemorrhoid removal treatment

You may have haemorrhoids because you have strained too hard when going to the toilet as a result of being constipated for a while. This could be because you don’t have enough fibre in your diet.

Your doctor may have suggested surgery because changing your diet, over-the-counter treatments and GP-prescribed medication have failed to get rid of your piles.

Find a consultant at Sussex Premier Health

Miss Imelda Donnellan

Consultant General Surgeon

Mr Raj Harshen

Consultant Laparoscopic, Colorectal and General Surgeon

Mr Matthew Miller

Consultant General Surgeon

Mrs Alys Morris

Consultant General Surgeon

Your initial consultation

At Sussex Premier Health, you will have a formal consultation with a Consultant Surgeon . During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

What to expect on the day of your procedure

On the day of your procedure, you may be taken to a private room on the ward. Our private rooms have an en-suite bathroom, TV and Wi-Fi facilities.

Haemorrhoid removal treatment is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep throughout the operation.

Some people choose epidural anaesthesia instead. This numbs your body from the waist down, but you will still be awake.

Your consultant will discuss with you which treatment option is most suitable for you. To find out more about the different treatments, please see our patient information sections below.


Haemorrhoid removal treatment is usually carried out as a day case procedure, so you won’t usually need to stay in hospital overnight.

Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.

Pain relief

After a haemorrhoidectomy, you will have some pain at the site of the operation for a few days and there may be a small amount of bleeding or discharge from the anus.

Recovery time

You may have some discomfort lasting for up to three weeks. Continue taking painkillers as advised by the hospital.

Follow your surgeon’s advice about going back to work. You can expect to be off work for one or two weeks, depending on the nature of your job. Your surgeon will give you specific advice about when you can resume your normal lifestyle. You shouldn’t do any heavy lifting, standing for long periods or strenuous exercise, but light exercise, such as walking, will help to speed up your recovery.

We use a number of techniques for removing haemorrhoids:


A tight stitch (ligature) is placed around the base of the haemorrhoid to control any bleeding during the operation. Your surgeon will then make a cut on the outer part of the haemorrhoid and remove any excess tissue.

The wound may be closed with dissolvable stitches. Most of the stitches will be inside the anal canal and will dissolve over the course of about two to four weeks.

The surgeon may place an absorbent pack into your rectum to help stem any further bleeding. This usually stays in place until your first bowel movement. The operation usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Circular stapled haemorrhoidectomy

A circular stapler is placed inside the rectum and removes a ring of the rectal tissue above the haemorrhoids. This blocks the blood supply to the haemorrhoids so that they shrink.

At Sussex Premier Health, your procedure will be performed by your consultant surgeon.

On rare occasions, complications can occur.

If you experience any of these symptoms:

  • constipation for a few days after the operation
  • you get a high temperature or fever
  • the amount of blood loss suddenly increases
  • you do not have a bowel movement for several days or you experience severe pain after a bowel movement
  • stitches coming apart
  • difficulty passing stools
  • bleeding that starts a week or more after surgery

Please call us straight away and speak to a member of the nursing team. You can contact our nursing team on 01424 757459.

Very occasionally, faecal incontinence, or a painful tear in the anus (fissure) can develop and further surgery may be needed.

The chance of complications depends on the exact type of procedure you are having and other factors such as your general health.

Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

After you’ve left hospital, we’re still here when you need us.

After haemorrhoid removal surgery, we will provide you with all the advice on what to do and not to do and the follow-up support you need.

Typically your consultant will want to see you after your treatment to see how you’re doing. A follow up appointment will be made before you leave the hospital.

If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery you can call and speak to a member of the nursing team at any time, please call 01424 757459.

Our self-pay team will be able to give you a guide price for haemorrhoid removal surgery.

To speak to a member of our self pay team today, call 01424 757455.

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