Internal hemorrhoid treatment by Infrared coagulation
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins or a group of swollen veins in the rectum or in the anus region.
What are symptoms of hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are very common in men and women. Some examples of symptoms are:
- Blood in the toilet bowl or on tissue paper
- Anal pain and/or aching
- Experiencing pain during a bowel movement
If you have internal hemorrhoids then treatment by infrared coagulation is definitely a treatment option for you.
What is infrared coagulation?
Infrared coagulation treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure in which a small probe comes in contact with the area above the hemorrhoid for about one second, exposing the tissue to the infrared light therefore coagulating the veins above the hemorrhoid resulting in it receding.
What is the preparation for this procedure?
The preparation for this procedure is will include nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure. The day of the procedure, 1-2 fleet enemas should be introduced into the rectum one hour before arrival time. Your doctor will give you more information on how to use the enemas.
What happens during the procedure?
Once in the procedure room, you will be asked to lie on your left side. After following these instructions you will be given a local anesthesia, through IV. Once the anesthetics take effect the treatment will begin. After the rectum is well lubricated the anoscope, used to hold the anus open, will be inserted into the rectum. After the anoscope is inserted and the hemorrhoids are distinguished, the infrared coagulation will begin.
What happen after the procedure?
After the procedure you will be taken to the post-operative area. Once the anesthesia wears off, your doctor will discuss further treatment plans, tell you about your report, and instruct you on how to take care of the treated area. Symptoms to expect after this procedure may include:
- Slight bleeding
- Rectal discomfort
- Sensation of frequent urgency to have a bowel movement
Your doctor can prescribe simple medications to minimize the discomfort or suggest over the counter ointment. Other than the above symptoms, Infrared Coagulation has virtually no problems; it’s a very safe and complication-free procedure.