New help for hemorrhoids: infrared treatment quick, less painful

Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable topic—literally. They are painful and appear in an embarrassing part of the body, and the treatments often take time and great amounts of discomfort to heal.

In the past several decades, however, a new treatment has emerged, first overseas and more recently in the United States: infrared coagulation, or IRC. Hailed as non-invasive and less painful than other surgical options, IRC has become a popular alternative outpatient procedure for the treatment of hemorrhoids.

Williamsburg Surgery, PC, a practice of Sentara Medical Group, began offering the procedure last October, and doctors have since seen good results.

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