Have you been advised to undergo a vein ablation? If so, you need to understand what to expect. In this post, we will discuss both the surgical technique and the normal recovery period. We will also review any possible risks and adverse effects of the treatment. Additionally, you can read more about the advantages of endovenous laser ablation. By knowing what to expect, you can be better prepared for what’s ahead!
Types of Vein Ablation
Even though vein issues could be a major problem, getting them corrected doesn’t have to be. Due to technological advancements, you will not need to worry about fixing annoying vein issues. One of the most common vein procedures we offer at The Center for Advanced Vein Care is vein ablation. The three main types of vein ablation are as follows:
- Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA)
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
How Does Vein Ablation Work?
Below is a list of vein ablation procedure types that are similar but have a few minor variations.
This procedure involves injecting a solution into the affected vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and stick together. As a result, this seals the vein and prevents blood from flowing through it.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Vein doctors use this procedure to treat major vein diseases and large varicose veins in the legs. They use ultrasound to identify the diseased veins underneath the skin’s surface. Your doctor then places a catheter into the sick vein. This catheter uses laser light to generate heat, causing the veins to collapse.
This treatment, like EVLA, treats vein disease and large varicose veins in your legs. These veins are beneath the skin, and you cannot see them without the use of an ultrasound device. Your doctor places a tiny catheter into the affected vein during this procedure. The catheter uses heat, causing the vein to collapse.
Venaseal is a non-surgical treatment used to treat varicose veins. This procedure uses an adhesive to close the affected vein. Your doctor will inject a medical adhesive into the affected vein in order to seal the vein shut. This prevents blood from flowing through it. Venaseal helps to improve blood flow and reduce symptoms of varicose veins.
What Should You Expect With A Vein Ablation Procedure?
Vein ablation is usually conducted on an outpatient basis. This means that you will be able to go home on the same day as your procedure. It takes approximately 1 hour to complete vein ablation. Below is what you should expect.
The first step of the procedure is to clean and numb the area that requires vein ablation. Once the area is numb, the specialist inserts a small needle into the vein. After that, they pass a special wire through the needle and into the vein.
The second step is to heat up the vein ablation wire, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. Once the vein ablation is complete, you will be able to go home and recover. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days.
Potential Side Effects: How Painful Is Vein Ablation?
Vein ablation is generally a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. However, like all medical procedures, there are potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure.
- The most common side effect of vein ablation is pain. This is usually mild to moderate in nature, and you can manage it with over-the-counter pain medication.
- Some people may also experience bruising or swelling at the site of the ablation. These side effects resolve within a few days.
- In rare cases, more serious complications can occur. These include deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot that forms in the treated vein. DVT can be dangerous if it travels to the lungs and causes a pulmonary embolism. Other rare complications include infection and nerve damage.
It’s important to note that the adverse effects of vein ablation are not severe enough to prevent you from returning to your normal activities (other than working out) immediately. The majority of our patients do not find vein ablation to be quite uncomfortable.
Leg Vein Ablation Recovery
Most people who undergo leg vein ablation can expect a quick and easy recovery process. However, as with any medical procedure, there are always a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few tips for a smooth leg vein ablation recovery:
- Drink plenty of fluids: This helps to prevent dehydration and will also help to flush out your system.
- Wear comfortable clothing: You will want to avoid anything tight or constricting on your legs. This includes jeans, leggings, and tights. Instead, opt for loose-fitting skirts, dresses, and pants.
- Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activity for the first few days. This includes walking long distances, running, and lifting heavy objects.
- Apply ice: This will help to reduce swelling and pain in the treated area. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Elevate your legs: Whenever possible, elevate your legs above heart level. This will help to reduce swelling and pain.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions: Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for care after the procedure. This will help to ensure a successful recovery.
How Long Does It Take To See Results from Vein Ablation treatment?
You should be able to see results from your treatment almost immediately. The treated veins will start to fade, and any pain or discomfort you were experiencing should begin to improve. In most cases, the results are permanent, and you will not need any further treatment. Yet, if you have more than one vein that needs treatment, you may need to come for additional sessions.
What To Expect After Vein Ablation
Following your treatment, your doctor will instruct you to wear compression stockings for a few days to several weeks to keep your legs compressed. Recuperating from vein ablation surgery will also require as much movement as possible to restore blood flow. This involves extensive walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes! It is likely that your doctor will advise you to refrain from activities for a few days, but you should be able to resume them soon following your treatment.
Which procedure is right for you will depend on your individual situation and what your doctor recommends. If you are considering either of these procedures, be sure to ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of each procedure.
Vein ablation is generally a safe and effective procedure and is not as frightening as the name implies. Basically, it’s one of the simplest approaches to treating spider and varicose veins. This vein therapy won’t put your life on hold in any way. Thanks to its outpatient nature, its lack of adverse effects, and its instantaneous return to normalcy.
Center for Advanced Vein Care
At the Center for Advanced Vein Care, we commit to providing each patient with the best possible care and treatment. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your legs, please do not hesitate to give us a call today! We would be more than happy to help you get on the road to recovery. Ready to get rid of those conspicuous veins? Schedule a Consultation!