Reasons to Perform IRC
• Bleeding
• Pain
• Itching
• Prolapse
• Hygeine problems
• Anemia (rarely)

IRC

 

 

 

 

Patient Information on Infrared Coagulation (IRC)

 

General Overview

IRC is a procedure to treat symptomatic small to medium sized internal hemorrhoids, which are dilated blood vessels in the anal area due to increased pressure from behaviors such as childbirth, prolonged sitting or straining with defecation.

IRC involves the placement of a small handheld probe in the rectum in order to apply pulses of light energy to hemorrhoid tissue. This collapses the veins above the hemorrhoid causing them to shrink and recede and prevents prolapse with the pinpoint scar that is formed. The procedure usually takes only 10-15 minutes.

Complications are extremely infrequent with IRC when compared to standard hemorrhoid surgery and/or other procedures used to treat hemorrhoids. Most people will return to work or usual daily activities on the day of their proceure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the procedure painful?

In general, the answer is no. Most people will experience a brief (one second) sensation of warmth or a "pin prick" during treatment, but pain is extremely uncommon. A topical anesthetic is usually applied but oral or intravenous medications are not needed since the procedure is so well tolerated.

How do I prepare for IRC?

All that is required is a single enema to clean the rectum prior to the procedure. There is no special diet or laxative to drink.

Will my hemorrhoids come back?

Most literature supports a 92 % cure rate for hemorrhoids treated by IRC. Although other methods for treating hemorrhoids exist they either are associated with higher complications, less tolerated by patients or have a lower success rate in terms of curing hemorrhoids. Very large hemorrhoids may need surgery for ultimate relief; however, surgery is generally not as well tolerated by patients when compared with IRC.