Infrared Coagulation for Hemorrhoids in Houston TX
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, the area directly above the hemorrhoid is exposed to a few short bursts of warm, painless infrared light. This method avoids stimulation of the hemorrhoid itself, which is full of sensitive nerves. Hemorrhoids can be successfully treated during a series of IRC sessions.
Benefits of 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 an anesthetic. The energy from the treatment is absorbed by the surrounding tissue causing the hemorrhoid to shrivel and be reabsorbed. IRC also has a low rate of complications and does not affect bowel movements.
After The Infrared Coagulation Procedure
The most common side effect of IRC is light bleeding or discharge which may occur immediately after treatment until the tissue heals.
Over a series of four to six treatment sessions, the hemorrhoid shrivels and is re-absorbed into the mucus of the anal canal, eliminating most or all painful symptoms. Hemorrhoids treated with IRC generally do not reappear.
Make An Appointment
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.