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Infrared Coagulation Specialist

Los Angeles Gastroenterology Clinic

S. Radi Shamsi, MD

Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist located in Santa Monica, CA

Living with hemorrhoids often leaves you in unbearable pain, even when you’re simply sitting down in a chair. Infrared coagulation, or IRC, is one of the latest, most successful, and best treatments for the relief of hemorrhoids. S. Radi Shamsi, MD, and his leading gastroenterology team at Los Angeles Gastroenterology Clinic are pleased to offer IRC as a treatment option for men and women in the Santa Monica, California area. They’ll help treat your hemorrhoids, so you won’t have to be in discomfort another day.

Infrared Coagulation Q&A

What is infrared coagulation (IRC)?

Infrared coagulation is a quick non-surgical way to treat hemorrhoids, that Dr. Shamsi performs right in his office. Because IRC very rarely has any complications, and it doesn’t need to be done in a hospital, most men and women prefer IRC over other treatment options.

During IRC, Dr. Shamsi places a small probe that emits a few short bursts of infrared light, right above your hemorrhoid. This energy coagulates the blood vessels that feed the hemorrhoids, causing them to shrivel over the next few weeks.

Is IRC painful?

Most people who have hemorrhoids treated using IRC feel nothing more than a brief twinge of heat during the procedure, but not any discomfort. It's so painless that not even local anesthetics are usually needed, although every patient has different levels of sensitivity. Just let Dr. Shamsi know if you are in any sort of discomfort. He can numb the area to minimize any uncomfortable sensations you’re feeling.

What happens after the procedure?

Since post-treatment side effects are rare, most men and women return to work and normal activities the same day as having their IRC treatment. You may have a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen — or a feeling of needing to move your bowels immediately after this procedure — but this all quickly goes away.

A few days later, you might have slight bleeding, which is normal. While you shouldn’t attempt heavy lifting and straining after your IRC procedure, you can resume these activities a few days later.

Will I need more than one visit with Dr. Shamsi?

Dr. Shamsi will let you know if you need more than one visit. It ultimately depends on where your hemorrhoids are located, how severe they are, and how well you respond to the treatment. You’ll likely have to wait a few days or weeks to see if the IRC session worked for you.

The best way to prevent hemorrhoids from returning, or showing up in the first place, always includes a sensible diet, regular bowel habits, and moderate exercise. Dr. Shamsi can go over lifestyle changes that can help prevent hemorrhoid flare ups from occurring in the future.