What is Coagulation for Hemorrhoid Treatment?
Coagulation is the process of destruction and clotting of the blood vessels. Coagulation treatment for hemorrhoids uses heat probes to cauterize or frozen probes (as in cryotherapy) to destroy the affected tissue. A modern method of coagulation treatment uses infra-red beams to destroy the affected hemorrhoid tissue. This method of coagulation treatment is preferred over other methods, since it is quite fast and well tolerated by patients. Compared to other methods of coagulation treatment, infra-red coagulation treatment is simpler to administer, more reliable and can be accurately controlled. A non-coherent and multispectral infra-red light source can be used to effectively coagulate and destroy hemorrhoidal tissue up to a depth of about 1 to 3 millimeters. Infra-red radiation raises the temperature of cellular tissue to around 100 degree C, which essentially boils the cellular fluids and destroys the proteins. This causes the hemorrhoidal tissue to shrivel up and finally fall off. Also, the scar tissue formed due to the application of infra red radiation prevents the inflammation of the other blood vessels in the anal cavity.
Coagulation of Hemorrhoidal Tissue using Infra-red Light: Procedure
Hemorrhoids generally do not return after this coagulation treatment, but as hemorrhoids are a lifestyle disease, one must make the necessary changes in lifestyle to avoid the recurrence of the condition. Moderate exercise, a diet high in fiber content, taking enough fluids and having proper bowel movements generally helps in reducing the risks of the recurrence of this painful condition.
Proper information about these treatment procedures can help patients choose the right treatment method for their condition.