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Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 32–34 | Cite as

A randomized comparison of infrared photocoagulation with bipolar diathermy for the outpatient treatment of hemorrhoids

  • A. Dennison
  • R. J. Whiston
  • S. Rooney
  • R. D. Chadderton
  • D. C. Wherry
  • D. L. Morris
Original Contributions

Abstract

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 words

Hemorrhoids Infrared photocoagulation Bipolar diathermy 

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Copyright information

© American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Dennison
    • 1
  • R. J. Whiston
    • 1
  • S. Rooney
    • 1
  • R. D. Chadderton
    • 1
  • D. C. Wherry
    • 1
  • D. L. Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital, Queen's Medical CentreNottinghamUK

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