A doctor in Kent believes that electric shock treatment can help to heal haemorrhoids.

Pradeep Basnyat, a colorectal surgeon for East Kent NHS trust, has treated several patients with a device called an Ultroid saying it is just as effective as surgery, but with the advantage that it is pain-free, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Ultroid sends “six volts of direct electrical current to the haemorrhoid, which is enough to make it shrivel and cause no further discomfort,” Basnyat said. The length of treatment depends on the amount of piles a patient has, and it takes about 10 minutes to treat each pile.

“It is fair to say the conventional operation for piles has one of the most painful post-surgery recoveries,” he added. “If we can treat the most painful and large piles with this new technology, then maybe we can dispense with the need for surgery. I think this treatment definitely ought to be available on the NHS.” 

According to hemorrhoid.net there has never been thorough research published on the electric treatment of haemorrhoids (or piles), and that over 100 000 patients in the US have used this treatment and had successful results. Piles are the condition that occurs when the veins in your anus and lower rectum swell up and become inflamed. This may be caused by “straining during bowel movements or from the increased pressure on these veins during pregnancy, among other causes,” reported mayoclinic.com.

The most common treatments for piles have been surgery and change of lifestyle and diet, which help relieve the symptoms. And now doctors have added a new way to manage piles.

More than 8.5m people from all over the world suffer from piles, according to hemorrhoidstreatmentreviews.org.