Infrared Coagulation - IRC
Infrared Coagulation (IRC) is mostly performed in an office setting to treat hemorrhoids. It is the preferred method of choice, because it is efficient, well tolerated by most patients, and has limited side effects.
A small probe contacts the area above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a burst of infrared light for about a second. This coagulates the veins above the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and recede. The patient may feel a sensation of heat very briefly, but it is generally not painful. Anesthetic is usually not required.