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Some people suffering with hemorrhoids opt for Infrared Coagulation Therapy as a quick fix. CRH is confident our banding system works more effectively than Infrared Coagulation – so we have compiled this list of informational pros and cons on how the procedure works, the user-experience with IRC and what the medical record indicates the results are.
Infrared coagulation (otherwise known as “IRC”) therapy, is a procedure used to treat hemorrhoids that are small or medium in size. Your physician will use a device which is introduced into the anus through a device known as an “anoscope” to apply infrared light to your hemorrhoid, which causes some of the hemorrhoidal vessels to clot off, which will cause scar tissue to form. This scarring attempts to cause the hemorrhoids to shrink, relieving the patients’ symptoms.
With Infrared Coagulation, you will typically need multiple treatments and the wait period between treatments is usually 90 days. During treatment, you may feel some pain or heat.
While Infrared Coagulation can effectively treat some smaller hemorrhoids –many investigators have indicated that it is not as effective with larger hemorrhoids as band ligation. In addition, Infrared Coagulation therapy has been shown to have higher recurrence rate than the banding system used by CRH-trained physicians. Learn more about the CRH O’Regan System, or find a physician in your area.