Hemorrhoids can occur internally or externally. When occurring internally, they can also sometimes become loose and come out of the body and are then referred to as a prolapsed hemorrhoid. External hemorrhoids are the extended veins around the anus. When these become enlarged, they, like a prolapsed hemorrhoid, can cause much pain and discomfort, especially when sitting down.

Hemorrhoids usually go away of their own accord with the appropriate treatment, however, if left untreated, they can lead to complications and can develop into something more serious.

Hemorrhoids are graded according to their severity. For grade three and four hemorrhoids, i.e. hemorrhoids in the later stages of development or which have severe symptoms, home treatments will usually do little to actually treat the condition. They can help to ease symptoms but at this stage more radical therapy is necessary.

There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures for hemorrhoids these days. As technology improves, then these choices likewise improve. One procedure that can be very effective is the infrared coagulation of hemorrhoids.

What is infrared coagulation for hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoid infrared coagulation (or hemorrhoid irc) is the use of infrared technology for the removal or repair of hemorrhoids.

Before treatment can begin, the hemorrhoid has to first be located. If it’s an external hemorrhoid then it will be clearly visible to the naked eye however if it’s an internal hemorrhoid then a proctoscope has to be inserted into the rectum to find it.

The infrared coagulation hemorrhoid device used is essentially similar to a pen. The tip is made from a non-stick material which therefore when it comes into contact with the hemorrhoid does not stick to the tissue.

The infrared heat which emanates from the device can be precisely regulated and controlled in terms of the depth of treatment, the time of infrared heat exposure and the area’s circumference.

Once the hemorrhoid has been located and the infrared device put into contact with it, it takes only a matter of one to five seconds of exposure for the area to be treated. After a short interval of a few seconds, further treatment can be given.

As the heat is applied to the affected area, the blood coagulates and thus the hemorrhoid starts to retract and shrink. The treated area heals fully in about three to four weeks after which time the mucosa (rectum lining) will have grown again over the area.

The benefits of hemorrhoids irc treatment are many including:

Can be performed as an outpatient treatment, no downtime
Quick and relatively pain-free
Quick recovery time
Particularly good to stop bleeding hemorrhoids
Can be used in pregnancy and for those with heart pace-makers
Hemorrhoids infrared coagulation is a relatively new treatment but already it is proven to be much more effective and practical than other treatments such as sclerotherapy (injections).

If you have hemorrhoids that are at the stage where they need more than just home treatments or medications, then ask your doctor to see if irc hemorrhoid treatment is a possibility for you.