Laser Hemorrhoids Treatment Doctor NYC | NYC Hemorrhoids Gastroenterologist
Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments known. Approximately 75% of people will have hemorrhoids at some point in their life. Hemorrhoids are common amongst adults of all ages. If you suspect hemorrhoids, you should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan and to exclude a serious illness or condition. Hemorrhoids are just one of many causes for rectal bleeding and lesions around the anus that need evaluation. Our doctors, top rated gastroenterologists commonly treats hemorrhoids and can quickly alleviate your pain.
GREAT NEWS ABOUT HEMORRHOIDS! Hemorrhoids are a very common and bothersome problem affect three out of four people during their lives. This accounts for millions of doctor visits each year with complaints related to hemorrhoids. Infrared coagulation, or IRC, is a minimally invasive, non-surgical medical procedure used to treat hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are veins in your anal area that have become swollen or inflamed. They easily are irritated because of their location, making them prone to bleeding, itching and infection.
While there are many techniques for eliminating problem hemorrhoids, IRC has been shown to be effective and fast acting. Our doctors, best in class Upper East Side NYC gastroenterologists have completed special training in applying IRC and have treated many patients successfully.
Laser hemorrhoids treatments use infrared light, a laser or an electrical current with the same efficiency. Infrared coagulation is conducted on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s office. Mild sedation can be administered as necessary for the procedure which usually only takes a few minutes.
What is infrared coagulation of hemorrhoids (IRC)?
Infrared Coagulation (IRC) has quickly become the most widely used office treatment for hemorrhoids and is preferred over other methods because it is fast, well-tolerated by patients, and virtually problem-free. A small probe contacts the area above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a burst of infrared light for about one second. This coagulates the veins above the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and recede. A hemorrhoid is a large vein, which drains many small veins. Blood flowing from these veins keeps the hemorrhoid full of blood and swollen. This leads to bleeding and pain. Since the hemorrhoids are located in an area that IS full of sensitive nerve endings, it is too painful to coagulate the hemorrhoids directly. Fortunately, the small veins that feed the hemorrhoids lie in an area that has very few nerve endings and very little feeling. With IRC, your doctor can take advantage of this fact by going above the hemorrhoids and destroying these small veins. In this way, the pain sensitive area is avoided. Destroying these small veins stops the flow of blood to the hemorrhoids just like blocking a river will dry up a lake.
Why You May Need Infrared Coagulation
Infrared coagulation can be used to treat small- and medium-sized hemorrhoids. If you’re suffering from irritating internal hemorrhoids that continue to cause pain, bleeding and other symptoms not responding to conservative management, IRC treatment might be the answer.
How is IRC performed? Is it Painful?
Infrared coagulation is usually covered by most insurances, and you won’t need an overnight stay in a hospital. IRC is more effective than sclerotherapy, and may be better tolerated than rubber band ligation in some cases.
Infrared Coagulation Preparations
In most cases, there is no preparation necessary. The physician will need to examine you to decide on the ideal treatment plan in your case.
Infrared Coagulation Procedure
During the infrared coagulation procedure, our doctors use a handheld device that creates an intense beam of infrared light. A small probe makes contact with the skin above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a quick pulse of infrared light. The heat from the infrared light burns the tightly targeted area, coagulating the vein above the hemorrhoid.
The resulting scar tissue cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. This causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and die. A scar forms on the wall of your anal canal where the hemorrhoid was located. As an added benefit, the scar tissue acts to hold nearby veins in place so they don’t bulge into the anal canal and become hemorrhoids.
Each IRC treatment takes approximately 5 minutes. You may need as many as three separate treatment sessions to cover all the areas where hemorrhoids appear, but this depends on your particular case and where your hemorrhoids occur.
Recovering from Infrared Coagulation
After the IRC procedure, you may feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Sometimes patients report that their lower abdomen feels full. You may experience some slight rectal bleeding, but it should stop of its own accord. These are temporary conditions. There usually are no other side effects from the treatment.
You may take mild pain relievers as needed, but don’t take any aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for a few days. A stool softener will help you ease your bowel movement while you heal. Warm, shallow baths also can help.
Infrared Coagulation Complications
There usually are no or few side effects or complications from the infrared coagulation treatment, although infection or bleeding can occur. Although it’s a fairly new technique, it’s been used across the country to treat hemorrhoids successfully.
To keep hemorrhoids from returning, you should consider lifestyle changes. Add more fiber to your diet. Get some exercise. Drink more water. Lose weight, if necessary. A sensible diet, moderate exercise and proper bowel habits will help you remain free of this uncomfortable medical condition.
Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a GI doctor about your specific hemorrhoids condition. Only trained, experienced GI doctors like our doctors can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment for your hemorrhoids condition.
As best in class NYC gastroenterologists, our doctors provide highly personalized and comprehensive care. Their philosophies regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned them some of the most respected reputations in NYC.
For more information about the laser hemorrhoids treatments or to schedule a consultation with one of our hemorrhoids specialist GI doctors, please contact our Midtown or Upper East Side NYC gastroenterology offices.