Infrared Coagulation (IRC)
Infrared Coagulation is a widely used method for treating haemorrhoids. This procedure is performed usually immediately after undergoing a colonoscopy while the patient is still sedated. This procedure involves applying infrared light through the anus to compress and seal haemorrhoid veins in numerous spots.
Haemorrhoids are one of the most common GI conditions known and experienced by the population. This novel technique involves clotting the haemorrhoid by applying infrared light at its base. IRC is relatively painless, especially when performed in conjunction with colonoscopy.
The surgical procedures provided at the Centre for Digestive Diseases do not require a general anaesthetic as intravenous sedation is given for these procedures. The Sedationist will insert a small needle into a vein in the back of your hand or in your arm through which the sedative will be injected. The injection may cause a local reaction. Bruising under the skin may occur, but should not cause permanent damage and is usually not painful. If you are having a gastroscopy procedure, your throat may be sprayed with an anaesthetic agent and may feel numb for a short time.
The procedures described above are considered to be safe. However, temporary discomfort or pain may occur following introduction of air into the stomach or bowel. Major complications are rare but can occur. These complications include perforation (puncture) of the colon. Haemorrhage (bleeding) following IRC removal of polyps, infection, cardiac or respiratory arrest related to sedation / anaesthesia. If you wish to discuss the potential risks or any issues regarding your procedure(s) in more detail, please ask to speak with the Gastroenterologist.