If you’re suffering from a Grade One, Two or Three internal hemorrhoid, Infrared Coagulation could remove it.
Before explaining how, you first need to know the definition of a prolapse. A prolapse occurs when hemorrhoidal tissue (which is a normal part of the anatomy) becomes enlarged and can be felt on the outside of the anus during a bowel movement.
You have a Grade One hemorrhoid if you have an internal hemorrhoid but there’s no prolapse.
You have a Grade Two hemorrhoid if you have a prolapse that goes back in on its own.
You have a Grade Three Hemorrhoid if you have a prolapse that you need to push back in yourself.
In all three cases, you may or may not experience bleeding as a symptom. But, if there’s a prolapse, it may cause itching and/or irritation around the anus. It may also make bowel movements difficult or result in a discharge.
Also, in all three cases, you can be treated with Infrared Coagulation, a non-surgical treatment.
If dietary and lifestyle changes don’t work – or your hemorrhoid is too severe and requires direct treatment – then Infrared Coagulation is a treatment you’ll want to consider. Dr. Focazio, after his examination, will be able to tell you if you’re a candidate for simple dietary/lifestyle changes or a candidate for Infrared Coagulation.
What Is An Infrared Coagulation Procedure?
During the procedure, a device is used to create infrared light which, in turn, creates heat. That heat is directed at your hemorrhoid and the surrounding blood vessels. The heat will cause the blood in the vessels to coagulate so that blood will no longer reach your hemorrhoid. The hemorrhoid will then shrink and eventually disappear completely, usually within a few weeks.
You may feel the heat during the procedure. You may also feel mild pain during and/or after the procedure for a few days. This is normal. You may experience bleeding for a couple weeks after the procedure.
This procedure has a very high success rate, is extremely fast, and has been around for about 20 years now.
About Dr. Focazio
Dr. Focazio has 25 years of experience, is Board-certified as both a physician and surgeon, and specializes in all aspects of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology. He’s also developed new medical techniques in the field. He’s the first gastroenterologist to own and operate a surgical center in New Jersey and has performed over 30,000 colonoscopies and upper endoscopies. He continues to educate himself and has certifications and training in several cutting edge, modern techniques.