Infrared Coagulator (IRC) by Redfield Corporation
Hemorrhoids are the result of inflamed or swollen veins in or around the anus, which can cause bleeding, irritation, itching or discomfort to the patient. While simple at-home treatments may be used to relieve these symptoms, medical intervention is often required, as for those patients seeking relief for internal or external hemorrhoids which bleed and cause general discomfort.
With several options to choose from such as hemorrhoid banding and sclerotherapy, the non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment that offers patients the fastest most effective relief is infrared coagulation: read on to find out more.
What is IRC?
Infrared coagulation (IRC) is a quick, effective outpatient procedure used to treat hemorrhoids, and since its inception in the early 1990’s, has become the most widely used in-office treatment among healthcare professionals. This technology delivers concentrated light waves to the hemorrhoid with most patients reporting no pain and some feeling a mild warming sensation.
The components of the unit are as follows:
- Power unit.
- Handheld applicator and lamp assembly.
- Quartz glass lightguide which transforms infrared light waves to heat.
- Sterile disposal covers to eliminate the chance of cross contamination.
How Does IRC Work?
No preparation, medication or anesthesia is required prior to the treatment, which lasts approximately 10 minutes per session; in emergency or urgent care facilities this can drastically increase patient turn over time and reduce wait times.
During the procedure a small probe is positioned directly above the hemorrhoid and several quick bursts of infrared light are applied. The light coagulates the veins that supply the hemorrhoid with blood effectively eliminating its supply and causing it to diminish in size. The patient may experience a feeling of warmth around the area but it should not be painful. Over the next few weeks the hemorrhoid will continue to shrink and post treatment effects are extremely rare, seen in less than one percent of patients.
On average one to four treatments are required, with a small incidence of recurrence. Patients should avoid heavy lifting or straining but will otherwise be able to resume normal activity immediately following the procedure.
Benefits of IRC
- Treatment takes only seconds to perform.
- Fewer complications and less pain compared to other procedures.
- Minimal training required.
- No sterilization needed and no risk of cross contamination.
- Coagulation occurs immediately even in a moist environment.
- No smoke or unpleasant odor.
- The initial low cost investment yields a high return.
- Superior reimbursement rates from private insurance companies and Medicare.
Hemorrhoid Treatment Options
Additional outpatient treatments include:
- Rubber band litigation or hemorrhoid banding – A specialized rubber band is wound around the base of the hemorrhoid, cutting off the blood supply and causing it to shrink.
- Sclerotherapy – A chemical solution is injected into the hemorrhoid which hardens the tissue and collapses the veins.
The Redfield Corporation
Founded in 1987, the Redfield Corporation manufactures and supplies the FDA approved IRC and related accessories to thousands of ENT’s, gastroenterologists and surgeons looking for an easy to use, state of the art technology to provide relief to patients suffering from the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.
Medical experts estimate that hemorrhoids will affect 75 percent of the population at some time in their lives, most of which will seek some type of medical treatment or advice. While different procedures such as hemorrhoid banding can cause additional discomfort for the patient, IRC allows medical providers to offer an effective, quick, safe alternative that’s as easy to learn as it is to use.
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