IRC is a minimally invasive, effective and well tolerated hemorrhoid cure done right in the physician’s office. It can be completed within minutes and the patients may return to work or their daily activities without any down time. It can be very effective for grade 1 and 2 hemorrhoids and sometimes 3 hemorrhoids can be treated.
The IRC hemorrhoid treatment utilizes infrared light. This safe process is the same infrared light we get from the sun. The use of this invisible light is a very basic principle. Infrared light is hot and can burn or coagulate tissue. It is often accompanied by red natural spectrum light so it can be seen by the physician. It does not contain carcinogenic spectrum light such as ultraviolet (UV) light. Infrared light is safer than sunlight and is used in a very controlled manner to produce a safe, effective, hemorrhoids cure.
The hemorrhoid treatment is completed by making a series of short bursts of infrared light above the internal hemorrhoid tissues. This causes small coagulation areas when touching the tip of the instrument to the rectal wall mucosa. The “coagulation eschars” may then blister or scab and then slough within a few days. Treatment is done in an area of the rectum that has few nerve endings so no anesthesia is required. If pressure or discomfort is felt, some numbing gel can be applied. IRC treatments are usually repeated over the active hemorrhoid areas until the vessel prominence has receded or it has completely disappeared. As treatments progress, hemorrhoid symptoms decrease and patients quickly notice improvement.
IRC usually takes a few treatments to get the best results but each individual is different and your procedures will be tailored to your particular situation.
IRC is an ideal treatment method for numerous patients including: the elderly where risks due to health decline and frailty are a concern, pregnant moms in any stage of gestation or after labor and delivery, teenagers and young adults or any patients that are nervous or worried about invasive treatments, and those who are required to take blood thinning medications like aspirin, warfarin, Plavix, Pradaxa, etc.
IRC has many research studies in the medical literature finding that when combining patient satisfaction, comfort and clinical improvement, it is likely the best method of office-based treatment of hemorrhoids.