Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. If you have hemorrhoids you may experience anal pain or itching, pain during a bowel movement, and/or bleeding.

Common causes include straining during a bowel movement, constipation, sitting for long periods of time, and pregnancy.

Treatments

Conservative treatments include sitz baths, soft stools, prevention of prolonged sitting and creams/ointments for inflammation

IRC (Infrared Coagulation)
Application of directed heat to reduce flow of blood to the hemorrhoid. May be performed in office or in conjunction with a colonoscopy.

Bipolar Ligation of Hemorrhoids
The HET bipolar system is a gentle, simple and effective non-surgical treatment for symptomatic hemorrhoids. This method uses gentle pressure and heat to target blood flow to hemorrhoids. This procedures allows treatment of multiple hemorrhoids in a single visit with few complications. Procedure is performed separately from the colonoscopy. Patients may resume activity the following day.