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HALO stands for Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation and in simple terms it means an operation using stitches to reduce the blood supply to the haemorrhoids (or Piles as they are commonly called) so that they shrink and do not bleed anymore. The procedure is significantly less painful than the conventional operation which usually involves cutting away the piles and leaving a painful wound. Most people are able to return to their normal activities sooner after this procedure than after conventional surgery for Piles. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends this procedure as an effective alternative to conventional surgery and stapling procedures for Piles.

The HALO procedure is usually combined with what is called Anopexy which involves using stitches to uplift and fix piles in place so that they don’t prolapse out of the anus on opening your bowels anymore.

HALO and Anopexy procedures are done under a general anaesthetic as a day case and you are able to go home the same day. The procedure uses an Ultrasound probe to locate the blood vessels supplying the piles before they are tied off with a stitch. You are usually asked to take simple pain killers like Paracetamol or Brufen at home that evening.

HALO and Anopexy procedures also have the advantage that they can be repeated if needed for any recurrences.

If you wish to consider this procedure, please make an appointment to see Mr Rai who will go through all details with you about the procedure including any potential risks and complications and answer all your questions.

Mr Rai offers this procedure at the BMI Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle and the Spire Regency Hospital, Macclesfield.