HEMORRHOIDS AN EASY NON-SURGICAL SOLUTION
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! WHAT IS INFRARED COAGULATION?
More than 10 million people in the United States suffer from Since its introduction 20 years ago, infrared coagulation (IRC) has become the
hemorrhoids. Three out of four people will develop hemorrhoids world’s leading office treatment for hemorrhoids. This non-surgical treatment is
at some time in their lives. While many people associate fast, well tolerated, and remarkably complication-free. A small probe is placed
hemorrhoids with painful surgery, only a small percentage of above the hemorrhoid and a few short bursts of infrared light are applied. The
patients actually require surgery. A fast and simple office infrared light quickly coagulates the vessels that provide the hemorrhoid with
procedure has taken the fear out of hemorrhoid treatment. blood, causing the hemorrhoids to shrink and recede. Shrinkage of the
hemorrhoidal tissues may take a few weeks.
WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS AND WHO GETS THEM?
Hemorrhoids are swelling in the rectum or anal area that may DOES IT HURT?
protrude through the anus on straining. They usually contain While patient sensitivity may vary, most patients report feeling a brief
enlarged veins and are most common in people over the age of 50. sensation of heat, but not acute pain. Local anesthesia is usually not required.
WHAT CAUSES HEMORRHOIDS? ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF HEMORRHOIDS?
The exact cause of hemorrhoids is unknown, but a number of Yes. “Internal” hemorrhoids develop inside the anus. The most common
factors are known to contribute to hemorrhoidal disease: symptoms are bleeding during bowel movements or protrusion through the
■ Aging anus upon straining. “External” hemorrhoids develop around the anus and can
■ Chronic constipation or diarrhea be very painful, especially if a blood clot develops within them. They can be
■ Pregnancy felt as a firm lump or lumps around the anus.
■ Faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas; ARE THERE ANY AFTER-EFFECTS?
straining during bowel movements Typically, there are no post-treatment effects. Most patients return to a normal
■ Spending long periods of time (e.g. reading) on the toilet lifestyle the same day. There may be slight spot bleeding a few days later.
Heavy straining or lifting should be avoided and aspirin should not be taken for
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEMORRHOIDS? a few days.
You may have hemorrhoids if you notice any of the following
symptoms: HOW MANY VISITS ARE REQUIRED?
■ Bleeding during bowel movements Only your doctor can make that determination. The number of treatments will
■ Protrusion during bowel movements depend on the severity of symptoms, location of the hemorrhoids, and the
■ Itching in the anal area patient’s individual response to the procedure.
■ Sensitive lump(s) WILL THE HEMORRHOIDS COME BACK?
Millions of patients have been treated with IRC. Experience tells us that
hemorrhoids treated with IRC generally do not reoccur, but can.
A sensible diet, moderate exercise, and proper bowel habits will also help.
WHAT WILL I NEED FOR THIS TEST?
Two bisacodyl delayed-release tablets. (May be called Dulcolax) Available at your local pharmacy.
2 Fleet Enemas. Available at your local pharmacy.
1 liquid dinner of your choice. Clear soup or broth, Jello, black coffee or tea (WITHOUT
MILK or CREAMER) clear juices, sodas, water etc..
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THIS TEST?
On the night before your appointment: You should have LIQUID DINNER ONLY: Clear soup or broth, Jello,
black coffee or tea (WITHOUT MILK or CREAMER) clear juices, sodas and water.
8PM the night before your appointment: Take 2 bisacodyl delayed-
release tablets with water. These tablets may also be called Dulcolax.
Do NOT chew/ crush. (These tablets may be found at any pharmacy.)
2 2 Hours before leaving home to go to your appointment: Take 1 Fleet Enema.
HOURS After completing the first Fleet Enema, wait 30 minutes. Take the second Fleet Enema.
If you need to cancel the procedure for any reason at all, please inform us at least 48 hours in advance.
If you have any questions, please call.
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