Infrared Coagulation: Safely Treat Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids can be caused by a number of reasons, including obesity, straining when having a bowel movement, pregnancy, and childbirth. Another more common cause we are seeing lately is from people who are spending too much time sitting on the toilet – often on their smartphones. This can seriously aggravate the anus and cause unnecessary hemorrhoids. While most hemorrhoids will resolve on their own with time, they can be extremely painful – to the point of limiting your mobility. The most common treatment when over-the-counter medications don’t work is rubber band ligation or surgery, but both of these options can be painful, and recovering from hemorrhoid surgery can take a few weeks. Infrared coagulation treats hemorrhoids while causing less pain and taking less recovery time than other treatment options.
What Is Infrared Coagulation?
Having hemorrhoids is often more of an inconvenience than a dire medical emergency. They can cause itching, bleeding, and pain in and around the anus. Infrared coagulation (IRC) is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment for hemorrhoids offered at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston, that is very effective for many patients. During the IRC procedure with Dr. Adeyefa in Houston TX, the hemorrhoid is exposed to a warm, painless infrared light or electrical current. Hemorrhoids can be successfully treated during a series of IRC sessions.
Results from Infrared Coagulation
Because the treatment is focused on the area surrounding the hemorrhoid and not on the hemorrhoid itself most patients do not even require anesthetic. The energy from the treatment is absorbed by the surrounding tissue causing the hemorrhoid to shrivel and be reabsorbed. Four to six treatments are typically required to fully treat a larger hemorrhoid.
If you are interested in learning more about infrared coagulation (IRC), contact Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.