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Hemorrhoids are one of the most common and troubling conditions affecting nearly one-third of the population at any given time and up to 50% of people over the age of 50. Over the counter creams, suppositories and treatments offer temporary relief at best. Most people choose to suffer and avoid surgical treatment because of the pain and recovery time associated with a hemorrhoidectomy.
WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are swollen (varicose) veins of the lower rectum and anus. They are similar to varicose veins of the legs. Hemorrhoids are classified as internal (located inside the anus), external (located outside the anus), or mixed (located inside and outside the anus).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoid disease sysmptoms may begin with painless rectal bleeing that appears bright red on the toilet paper or stool. Over time, the symptoms will often progress and consist of pain, swelling or protrustion, itching, and discharge (soiling). The symptoms of hemorrhoid disease will usually intensify over the years, which is why treatment early on is so important.
ARE THERE ANY NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Yes. Eterna offers an FDA-approved minimally invasive procedure to address hemorrhoid disease, IRC.
WHAT EXACTLY IS IRC?
IRC stands for Infrared Coagulation and is used for milder hemorrhoids, grades I-II. It uses short bursts of infrared light converted to heat, applied to the base of the internal hemorrhoid, to disrupt blood flow to the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and disappear. Treatment takes only a few minutes. During the procedure, a brief sensation of heat may be experienced and mild bleeding may occur after the procedure. 3-5 treatment may be needed depending on the severity, spaced 10-14 days apart.
IS THERE ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION REQUIRED BEFORE TREATMENT?
No special bowel preparation is required prior to the procedure. However, we ask that a Fleet Enema be performed on the day of the procedure to optimize visualization.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CONDITIONS THAT YOU TREAT?
We are also able to treat thrombosed external hemorrhoids, residual anal tags, and anal fissures.