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Haemorrhoidectomy – Information for GPs

Haemorrhoids are enlarged vascular cushions in the anal canal and may be external or internal. They are the commonest cause of rectal bleeding.

Definition of degrees of haemorrhoids

  • First grade: the haemorrhoids remain inside at all times
  • Second grade: the haemorrhoids extend out of the rectum during a bowel movement but return on their own
  • Third grade: the haemorrhoids extend out during a bowel movement but can be pushed back inside
  • Fourth grade: the haemorrhoid is always outside

OPCS Codes

H51 Excision of haemorrhoid

H511 Haemorrhoidectomy

H512 Partial internal sphincterotomy for haemorrhoid

H513 Stapled haemorrhoidectomy

H518 Other specified excision of haemorrhoid

H519 Unspecified excision of haemorrhoid

H52 Destruction of haemorrhoid

H521 Cryotherapy to haemorrhoid

H522 Infrared photocoagulation of haemorrhoid

H523 Injection of sclerosing substance into haemorrhoid

H524 Rubber band ligation of haemorrhoid

H528 Other specified destruction of haemorrhoid

H529 Unspecified destruction of haemorrhoid

H53 Other operations on haemorrhoid

H531 Evacuation of perianal haematoma

H532 Forced manual dilation of anus for haemorrhoid

H533 Manual reduction of prolapsed haemorrhoid

H538 Other specified other operations on haemorrhoid

H539 Unspecified other operations on haemorrhoid

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale and Vale of York CCGs will only commission haemorrhoidectomy (and haemorrhoidopexy) in the following circumstances:

  • Grade I or II haemorrhoids with severe symptoms which include bleeding, faecal soiling, itching or pain which have failed to respond to conservative management for 6 months.
  • Grade III or IV haemorrhoids (i.e. prolapsed)

Treatment in all other circumstances is not routinely commissioned and should not be referred unless clinical exceptionality is demonstrated and approved by the Individual Funding Request Panel prior to referral.

Summary of evidence / rationale

Grade I or II haemorrhoids may be managed by diet modification, use of laxatives or treated by topical applications. Interventional treatments include rubber band ligation, sclerosant injections, infra-red coagulation or bipolar electrocoagulation using diathermy.

Treatment for Grade III and IV haemorrhoids include bipolar electrocoagulation using diathermy, stapled haemorrhoidopexy or haemorrhoidal artery ligation (IPG 525)

There is some evidence of longer term efficacy of conventional haemorrhoidectomy over stapled procedure.

Short term efficacy and cost effectiveness is similar.

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