Laser Hemorrhoids

Laser hemorrhoids treatment uses infrared light, a laser or an electrical current with the same efficiency. Infrared coagulation is conducted on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s office. Mild sedation can be administered as necessary for the hemorrhoid laser surgery procedure which usually only takes a few minutes.

 

About the Procedure

During the infrared coagulation procedure, our doctors use a handheld device that creates an intense beam of infrared light. A small probe makes contact with the skin above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a quick pulse of infrared light. The heat from the infrared light burns the tightly targeted area, coagulating the vein above the hemorrhoid.

The resulting scar tissue cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. This causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and die. A scar forms on the wall of your anal canal where the hemorrhoid was located. As an added benefit, the scar tissue acts to hold nearby veins in place so they don’t bulge into the anal canal and become hemorrhoids.

Recovery

The recovery time for surgical procedures that remove hemorrhoids varies. It can take 1 to 3 weeks to make a full recovery.

Following surgery, people can help their recovery by doing the following:

  • eating a fiber-rich diet
  • avoiding sitting for long periods
  • drinking plenty of water
  • taking a Sitz bath 
  • not straining during a bowel movement
  • avoiding regular, heavy lifting
  • avoiding long periods of sitting

Possible Complications

There usually are no or few side effects or complications from infrared coagulation, the best hemorrhoid treatment, although infection or bleeding can occur. Although it’s a fairly new technique, it’s been used across the country to treat hemorrhoids successfully.

To keep hemorrhoids from returning, our hemorrhoids doctors recommend the following lifestyle changes. Add more fiber to your diet. Get some exercise. Drink more water. Lose weight, if necessary. A sensible diet, moderate exercise, and proper bowel habits will help you remain free of this uncomfortable medical condition.

*** IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The content herein is provided for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. Always consult your doctor before starting or changing treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor or 911 immediately.