IRC : Infrared Coagulation

Infrared coagulation is a new non surgical treatment technique that has revolutionized the treatment of internal haemorrhoids. This device focuses infrared light on haemorrhoid tissues, coagulating them. In the same way that blocking a stream will dry up a lake, IRC coagulates the "feeder veins" that deliver blood to the haemorrhoids. By gradually cutting off the blood supply, the haemorrhoid shrinks. This technique is now offered in our center. Usually three to four treatments are required. But, this simple office procedure only takes about 5 minutes, is practically painless, and requires no incision or lengthy recovery or time lost from work. The success rate is high and surgery can be avoided in about 80% of patients.

IRC : Infrared Coagulation

Infrared coagulation is a new non surgical treatment technique that has revolutionized the treatment of symptomatic internal haemorrhoids. Much like a laser, this device focuses infrared light on haemorrhoid tissues, coagulating them. In the same way that blocking a stream will dry up a lake, IRC coagulates the "feeder veins" that deliver blood to the haemorrhoids.

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What is Infrared Coagulation?

Infrared coagulation (IRC) has quickly become the most widely used office treatment for haemorrhoids and is preferred over other methods because it is fast, well-tolerated by patients, and virtually pain-free

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How is IRC done?

This technique could not be simpler. There is no laxative preparation or need for fasting before this procedure. You don't need a driver to accompany you. You will be asked to lie on your left side on the padded exam table. After examining the rectum with a lubricated glove, the doctor will insert a short plastic scope called an anoscope. A small probe contact the area above hermorroid, it coagulat the blood vessel causing it to shrink.

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Is IRC painful?

The patient may feel a sensation of heat very briefly, but since the treatment is done in an area which lacks pain fibers, it is generally not painful. Therefore anaesthetic is usually not required.

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How many visits are required?

Each treatment takes about 5 - 7 minutes and most patient require 2 – 3 visit for treatment, 1 – 2 week apart to destroy all of the "feeder" veins. Over time, this causes the haemorrhoids to shrink and, in many cases, disappear completely.

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