What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swelling in the rectum or anal area that may protrude through the anus on straining. You may have hemorrhoids if you noticed any of the following symptoms:
  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Protrusion during bowel movements
  • Itching in the anal area
  • Pain
  • Sensitive lumps

The exact cause of hemorrhoids are unknown, but a number of factors are known to contribute:
  • Aging
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Faulty bowel movements due to overuse of laxatives or enemas
  • Spending long periods of time
    (e.g. reading) on the toilet

What is Infrared Coagulation?

Infrared Coagulation (IRC) has become the world’s leading treatment for hemorrhoids. A small probe is placed above the hemorroid and a few short bursts of infrared light are applied. The infrared light quicklly coagulates the vessels that provide the hemorrhoids with blood, causing the hemorrhoids to shirink and recede. Shrinkage of the hemorrhoidal tissue may take a few weeks. 


Most patients return to a normal lifestyle the same day.
There may be a slight spot bleeding a few days later. Heavy straining or lifting should be avoided and aspirin should not be taken for a few days.

How many visits are required?
The number of treatments will depend on the severity of symptoms, location of the hemorrhoids, and the patients individual response to the procedure.
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