Who is a Candidate?
Many people experience hemorrhoids throughout their lifetime. However, not every person who has a hemorrhoid will need to have a procedure in order to resolve it. There are less invasive options that doctors will likely recommend prior to determining that IRC is necessary. These options include the addition of dietary supplements, such as fiber, or over-the-counter medications and ointments. In the event that these options do not offer relief, the physician will likely begin considering medical interventions, which can include injections, ligation, IRC, or surgical removal. Surgical removal is usually the last resort because it involves the largest amount of risk. The physician will consider the location, size, and type of hemorrhoid prior to recommending a specific procedure.
IRC is typically considered the best option for prolapsed or bleeding hemorrhoids due to the non-invasive nature of the procedure. Additionally, the physician will consider the patient’s overall medical history, current medications, and age before recommending any medical procedure. However, infrared coagulation is typically considered the safest treatment option for hemorrhoids when medical intervention is required