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The Hemorrhoid Institute Procedure/FAQs
Infrared Coagulation: Our Procedure
Infrared Coagulation (IRC) is a non-invasive, non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment. Medical studies have found IRC to be the non-surgical treatment of choice because it is fast, well tolerated by patients and virtually problem free. A small probe contacts the area above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a quick pulse of infrared light. This coagulates the vein above the hemorrhoid causing the hemorrhoid to shrink and recede. The patient may feel a slight sensation of heat but our Infrared Coagulation hemorrhoid treatment is not painful. Therefore, sedation is not required. Schedule a hemorrhoid treatment consultation to see if you are a candidate for IRC. Our experienced and caring staff is ready to help you.
Treatment with IRC is safe, painless and effective. Before treatment, your physician will conduct a routine external and internal examination to chart your hemorrhoid disease and to ensure that there is no other disease responsible for your symptoms. This examination takes only a few minutes.
IRC vs. Other Treatments:
IRC is an alternative to a number of other methods for
Sometimes two bands are applied at each location to guard against breakage and to ensure that the blood supply to the hemorrhoid is properly cut off.
The drawbacks of banding hemorrhoids include some or all of the following:
• Significant pain, especially in the case of improper banding or slippage that requires re-banding.
• The chance of infection, blood clot and/or anal fissure.
• The use of local anesthesia to reduce pain associated with the hemorrhoid banding procedure.
Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgery used to treat large hemorrhoids. Infrared Coagulation (IRC) is a painless, non-surgical alternative to surgery and rubber banding. The fact is that hemorrhoids can get bigger if left untreated, and can reach a point where surgery is the only option. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Schedule a consultation at The Hemorrhoid Institute today to see if you are a candidate for Infrared Coagulation.
Over-the Counter Hemorrhoid Medications
There are a number of over-the-counter medications sold to provide temporary hemorrhoid relief, the most well known is Preparation H. Each of these hemorrhoid relief treatments is a topical cream aimed at alleviating the painful symptoms of hemorrhoids, but do not treat the cause of the problem.
IRC: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Medical studies have shown that Infrared Coagulation treatment is generally pain-free. With IRC, you can go right back to work or to the golf course, and the treatment takes place during a regular office visit, no preparation needed.
Q: How many IRC treatments will I need, and how long is the procedure?
A: Each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis by our physician. The physician will determine how many visits are required based on your confidential examination. On average, patients require a short series of visits at 2 week intervals. Depending on the severity of the hemorrhoids, an IRC treatment usually lasts 10 minutes.
Q: Can I be treated with Infrared Coagulation if I am taking medications?
A: Yes, we are able to treat most patients who are taking medications. It is very important that you inform our doctor of any medications you are taking.
Q: Is there any special preparation before or after the IRC treatment?
A: The in-office IRC procedure requires no special fasting or preparation prior to treatment. You can continue with your usual activities, even on the same day of the IRC treatment. Most of our patients go back to work the same day following their treatment.
Q: Will I be able to have normal bowel movements?
A: Yes, Infrared Coagulation hemorrhoid treatments will not disrupt your daily schedule or lifestyle.
Q: How long is the IRC procedure?
A: If you are a new patient, allow about half hour for a full consultation, examination and hemorrhoid treatment. Follow up treatments take roughly 10 minutes per visit.
Q: Am I a candidate for IRC?
A: When you come into the office, our doctor performs a detailed hemorrhoid examination. This is the only way to determine whether or not you are a candidate for Infrared Coagulation. A vast majority of people with hemorrhoids respond to IRC, but this can only be confirmed in a medical evaluation.
Rubber Band Ligation
With Rubber Band Ligation, the patient is usually laid on the operating table with their buttocks projecting over the edge of the table. A warmed, lubricated proctoscope is inserted into the anal canal.
The hemorrhoid is grasped by forceps and pulled through the barrel of the litigator. The cylinder is then pushed upward until it reaches the end of the hemorrhoid tissue. The doctor will then squeeze the handle of the litigator and apply the rubber band on the base of the hemorrhoid.