Is the eXtroid electrotherapy treatment approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK? Yes, in June 2015. It was also approved by the FDA in the United States (US Version).
Do I need a doctor referral? No, but eXroid will write to each patient’s GP to tell them afterwards.
How much does it cost? £250 for an initial consultation and £720 for initial treatment. Follow up treatments (if required) are also £720.
How long does the treatment take? Up to 10 minutes for each pile, or up to 30 minutes for one session. An initial consultation and treatment take 45 - 60 minutes.
Do I need a specific diet before or have an enema beforehand? No.
Can I go back to everyday activities straight away? Yes you can. For a small percentage of patients, a short recovery time may be required.
Is it a doctor carrying out this procedure? Yes, a properly trained eXroid specialist with CE approved equipment.
Will the doctor be able to tell me how many treatments I’ll need? Yes, your doctor will have a good idea after he has examined you.
Can I have an examination and decide not to go ahead with the procedure? Yes, and you’ll only be charged £250 for the consultation and the examination.
Will an assistant be available to chaperone me? Yes.
Is it possible that I may need more than one treatment? Half of our patients only need one treatment session. Of those who need further treatment, the majority will need only two treatments. The number of treatments you need largely depends on how many piles you have and how big they are.
What if I can’t lie flat? eXroid is usually possible provided you can lie at an angle on the examination couch. Most people are fit enough for the procedure but we can advise you on this over the phone if you are unsure.
Can I have eXroid under the National Health Service (NHS)? As the NICE guidance was only issued in June 2015, it may take some time before local NHS bodies consider the eXroid treatment. We hope it becomes widely available from the NHS but this is unlikely to occur soon.
Are there any conditions that could prevent me from having an eXroid treatment?
What is the code required by my medical insurer? H5260
Why has my GP not heard of eXroid? eXroid is new to the UK and not all GPs have heard of it. However we have included all the information he or she might need in our haemorrhoid treatment guide for doctors on this website.