Infrared Coagulation: What to expect at Tri-Cities Digestive Health Center
Once it has been determined that we can treat your hemorrhoids, an appointment will be made for you. We will ask you to stop taking all aspirin products five days before your appointment. On the day of your appointment, one and a half hours prior to you appoinment time, you will use a Fleet's enema to clean out the rectal area. The enema can be purchased at any drug store. Fleet's in only a brand-name, and any similar product will work just as well. If your hemorrhoids are currently painful, or if you have experienced pain during prior rectal examinations, you may pre-medicate with up to 1000mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) one hour prior to your appointment time. You will not need a driver as you will not be sedated.
Once you are here, you will be takent to a procedure room and be asked to put a gown on. While lying on your left side, Dr. Boon will perform a rectal exam, and introduce a small instrument in order to visualize the hemorrhoids being treated. At that time, he will use a special instrument called an Infrared Coagulator to treat the affected hemorrhoid. You may experience a warm feeling in your rectum as this is done. The total visit takes around 30 minutes. The typical number of appointments needed to complete the treatment varies based on your individual needs but the average is 3.