Frequently Asked Questions
What is Infrared Cautery?
 
  Infrared Cautery (IRC) is the application of light for a short period of time (about 1.5 seconds) to destroy (ablate) abnormal anal cells. This is considerate an in-office surgical procedure. The light emitted by the IRC also seals the tiny blood vessels, so there is minimal bleeding. No suppositories or enemas are required for this procedure. Local anesthetic will be utilized. Minor bleeding may occur for up to two weeks. Nothing should be placed in the anal canal until all bleeding and discomfort stop.