Hemorrhoids are a common condition caused when blood vessels or veins around the anus and rectum become swollen, leading to symptoms such as bleeding, irritation or pain. Factors contributing to hemorrhoids include excessive straining due to constipation, sitting too long in the bathroom, pregnancy, obesity, or liver disease.
At Baylor Clinic, we offer specialized care and the latest technologies and therapies to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms, including the newly available Infrared Coagulation (IRC), a safe and painless nonsurgical treatment.
What is IRC treatment for hemorrhoids?
Standard treatment options for hemorrhoids include applying hemorrhoidal ointments and using suppositories to relieve symptoms, as well as increasing fiber in your diet to prevent recurrence. When these aren't enough, IRC treatment is now available at Baylor Clinic.
In this procedure, an infrared light is directed on the hemorrhoids causing them to clot and shrink, relieving your symptoms. IRC is performed during a regular office visit and does not require sedation. The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes. Many patients return to work right after the treatment session.
IRC treatment is available to patients with minor to moderate hemorrhoids and painless rectal bleeding. Most patients require about three treatments to completely treat their symptoms.
Other advanced treatment options available at Baylor Clinic include applying rubber bands through state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment to cut off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid, causing it to die and fall off, or as a last resort, surgery to cut out the hemorrhoids, usually under general anesthesia.
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- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- To schedule an appointment,
- call: 713.798.0950
- Visit the Gastroenterology & Hepatology website.
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