A randomized comparison of infrared photocoagulation with bipolar diathermy for the outpatient treatment of hemorrhoids
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One hundred two patients with symptomatic hemorrhoids were randomized to receive treatment with either infrared photocoagulation (IRPC) or a bipolar diathermy probe (BD). There was no significant difference in complications, number of treatments required (IRPC 1.7 [0.9], BD 1.6 [0.8]). Third-degree hemorrhoids required more treatments than smaller piles. BD has some practical advantages over IRPC but results are similar.
Key wordsHemorrhoids Infrared photocoagulation Bipolar diathermy
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