IRC (Infrared Coagulation)
IRC (Infrared Coagulation) has been used to treat hemorrhoids for 20 years, in that time it has become the leading in-office treatment. This non-surgical treatment is fast, well tolerated, and has an extremely low risk of complications.
During the procedure a small probe is placed above the hemorrhoid and a few short bursts of infrared light are applied to the area. The light quickly coagulates the vessels that supply the hemorrhoid with blood, causing the hemorrhoids to shrink and recede. It may take a few weeks for the effects to take hold.
The procedure is relatively pain free and normally doesn’t require any local anesthesia. Although different patients have unique pain sensitivities, the most normal report is feeling a brief sensation of heat. Because the treatment is so easily tolerated, most patients can return to their normal routine that same day. Each case is different, and it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. For most people the only restrictions are heavy lifting and the taking of aspirin. Some spotty bleeding within the first few days is normal.