IRC Infrared Coagulation

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swelling in the rectum or anal area that may protrude through the anus on straining. Internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anus. The most common symptoms are bleeding during/after bowel movements on protrusion through the anus upon straining. External hemorrhoids develop around the anus and can cause irritation and pain. They can be felt as a firm lump or lumps around the anus.

What causes Hemorrhoids?

The exact cause of hemorrhoids is unknown, but a number of factors are know to contribute to hemorrhoidal disease:

  • Aging
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas; straining during bowel movements
  • Spending long periods of time on the toilet

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

  • Bleeding during or after bowel movements
  • Blood when wiping
  • Protrusion during bowel movements
  • Itching in the anal area
  • Pain
  • Sensitive lump

What is IRC (Infrared Coagulation)? - In Office Procedure for Hemorrhoids

Since its introduction 20 years ago, infrared coagulation has become the world’s leading office treatment for hemorrhoids. This non-surgical treatment is fast, well tolerated, and remarkably complication-free. A small probe is placed above the hemorrhoid and a few short bursts of infrared light are applied. The infrared light quickly coagulates the vessels that provide the hemorrhoid with blood, causing the hemorrhoid to shrink and recede. Shrinkage of the hemorrhoidal tissue may take a few weeks. The procedure is performed by Board certified Gastroenterologists. The procedure lasts 5-10 minutes and is performed in our accredited office facility (We are accredited with AAAASF). No pain is felt during the procedure. There are no post–treatment effects in 99% of patients. Usually 1-3 treatments are required . In general treated hemorrhoids do not reoccur.