Quick Answer: What Is Vein Ablation?

Are you awake during varicose vein surgery?

This procedure is usually done to remove the varicose veins closest to the surface of your skin.

You will be awake during the procedure, but your doctor will numb the area around the vein.

Usually, you can go home the same day that the procedure is done..

Do you need your great saphenous vein?

The saphenous vein, while an important vein, is not needed for adequate function of the leg veins. In fact, this is the vein that is often removed for heart bypasses without any problems.

Is vein ablation painful?

No, vein ablation is not painful. You may experience mild discomfort, but it is not painful. In this article, we discuss all the details of endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation so you know exactly what to expect from your vein ablation treatment.

How do you prepare for a vein ablation?

Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or blood thinners before your procedure. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You will need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area under examination. Plan to have someone drive you home after your procedure.

How much walking should I do after varicose vein surgery?

Walk for 10 Minutes Every Day After the first two days of rest following varicose vein surgery, try to get at least 10 minutes of walking in every day for two weeks.

What are the side effects of venous ablation?

What are the risks of endovenous laser varicose vein surgery?Infection.Pain over the vein.Bleeding.Bruising.Nerve damage.Redness or swelling (inflammation) of the vein.Blood clots.Changes in skin color over the treated vein.More items…

How long will I need off work after varicose vein surgery?

The management of patients following surgery for varicose veins has changed substantially during the last forty years, from a routine inpatient stay and advice to remain off work for up to six weeks, to day case surgery and advice to return to normal activities as rapidly as possible.

Is vein ablation covered by insurance?

Most insurers now cover endovenous thermal ablation treatment as a primary treatment and sclerotherapy as a secondary treatment, when deemed medically necessary.

How long does bruising last after vein ablation?

Endovenous Thermal Ablation You may experience significant bruising along the treated vein site after laser treatment. This bruising usually lasts for about one to two weeks and slowly resolves over time.

What does vein ablation mean?

Endovenous ablation is a procedure to close off varicose veins. Endovenous means that the procedure is done inside the vein. Ablation means a doctor uses heat to damage and close off the vein. Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. Your doctor will put a needle and wire into the vein.

How long will my leg hurt after vein surgery?

Your doctor will give you pain medicine for this. You can expect your leg to be very bruised at first. This is a normal part of recovery and may last 2 to 3 weeks. You may need to wear tight bandages, called compression dressings, on your leg for the first few days after surgery.

Can I drive after vein ablation?

Driving After Vein Ablation It’s advised that you have someone drive you home from your appointment. The next day, you should be able to resume driving as long as you’re in the car for only short distances. Wait for the all-clear from your doctor before embarking on a long road trip or any air travel.

Can I walk after vein ablation?

We recommend a minimum of three 20 minute walks each day after the procedure for two weeks. Please do not throw away the stockings as you may need them later on if you get pain. Will I have pain? Most patients recover from Radiofrequency Ablation and Foam Sclerotherapy without any problems.

How long do you wear compression stockings after vein ablation?

The standard practice of the Veins Unit is to advise patients to wear class two compression stockings for four weeks post-operatively. Many patients would prefer a shorter period of time in stockings.

How long does it take to heal from vein ablation?

You may have a bandage and some bruising along the vein that was treated. You will need to wear compression stockings for 1 week or more. Most people can return to their normal routines right away.