Coagulation is the process of clotting and destruction of blood vessels. It has been used for many years in the treatment of hemorrhoids. These treatments include cauterizing, heating probes, cryotherapy, and electric current. All of these treatments are used to destroy the affected tissues.
The modern variation of these treatments is infrared coagulation. This procedure uses an infrared beam to coagulate and destroy the affected tissue. This treatment is very reliable, simple, and can be controlled accurately.
A complete medical history and physical examination should be performed before a doctor considers you for this procedure.
That patient will lie down on his/her side with knees drawn up to the chest. A proctoscope and infrared coagulator will be inserted into the anus. The patient will feel a sharp prick or burning sensation when the coagulator is used. The coagulator is applied to the base of thehemorrhoids and shoots bursts of infrared for 1 to 1.5 seconds. A white spot marks the point of coagulation. Blood vessels of the hemorrhoids are destroyed, which in turn decreases blood flow to the hemorrhoid. Sometimes this whill immediately reduce bleeding. Over the next week scar tissure forms, and the healing process will be completed.