If you’ve been looking for a solution to hemorrhoids, you may come across a treatment called infrared coagulation (also known as IFC). It is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure recommended for small and medium-sized hemorrhoids.

IFC: What to Expect

During IFC

During the procedure itself, the doctor uses a special device that creates an intense, but gentle, beam of infrared light. The heat generated by the infrared light causes the formation of a scar tissue, which cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. The hemorrhoid ‘dies’ and a scar forms on the wall of the anal canal, holding the nearby veins in place. You may feel some mild discomfort during the procedure, but most people don’t feel anything.

IFC usually requires a total of 3 to 4 treatments, performed several weeks apart. It takes about 10 minutes for each treatment to be completed.

After IFC

After the procedure, you may feel an urge to have a bowel movement. You may also have a sensation of fullness in your lower abdominal area. These are normal and are temporary.

If you feel some mild discomfort, you can use mild pain relievers and have a warm sitz bath for 15 minutes. There can be slight rectal bleeding, which usually occurs 7 to 10 days after the procedure. This happens when the hemorrhoid falls off. It’s a minor bleeding though and stops by itself.

If you are tired of living with hemorrhoid, consider IFC. Premier Surgical Associate’s Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville has a dedicated hemorrhoid specialist that can eliminate them in office, in as little as 10 minutes. Stop living with the discomfort of hemorrhoids and schedule your appointment online today or call (865) 588-8229.

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