Common Questions About Vein Ablation
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Historically, varicose veins have been treated by conservative measures, including:
- leg elevation
- compression stockings
- avoidance of prolonged standing
If unsuccessful and pain persists, a possible next step is vein ablation using a laser. Lasers fix the problem at the source by delivering laser energy to just the right tissue, causing the unhealthy vein to close while your body automatically routes the blood to other veins.
- With a local anesthetic, the Radiologist inserts a thin laser fiber through an IV utilizing ultrasound guidance.
- There may be some unfamiliar sensation but, it is not painful.
- The entry point through which your physician gets the laser fiber to the target area is very small, not even requiring stitches.
- The procedure may be coupled with sclerotherapy and/or phlebectomy.
- Typically about 1-1/2 to 2 hours, but plan on being in the clinic for at least 3 hours.
(Make arrangements for someone to drive you home following this procedure.)
- Minimal, in fact, you will be encouraged to get up and walk immediately after the procedure.
- Limitations include no vigorous physical activity, such as jogging or heavy lifting, for 2 weeks.