Infrared Coagulation Procedure
The procedure for IRC is relatively quick and painless. Most procedures take around 15 to 30 minutes to complete. You will be awake during the entire operation so the doctor can gauge your level of discomfort.
Before the operation begins, the doctor will use a numbing cream in and around the anus. He or she will then inject the hemorrhoid being treated with a local anesthetic. You will not feel the injection thanks to the application of numbing cream.
The surgeon will then insert the surgical laser instrument, called an anoscope, into the anus. The anoscope is about the same size as a pencil. Its small size helps to prevent damages like tears and bleeding.
After the procedure is finished, the surgeon will apply a layer of topical ointment to prevent bleeding. You will then remain under observation in the recovery are to make sure you do not develop an allergic reaction or other complications to the procedure.