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The 10 Most Common Questions Men Ask about Laser Varicose Vein Treatment – part 2

In the first part of this Men’s Health blog series, we dealt with five frequently asked questions about endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), one of the safe, effective methods of varicose vein removal that we specialize in at The Vein Institute. In that post, we pointed out that EVLA is:

  • A safe, minimally-invasive procedure to permanently remove varicose veins and eliminate the negative side effects they may cause.
  • A walk-in, walk-out treatment that requires no general anaesthesia.
  • A remarkably pain-free procedure that is so gentle you can return to work the same day, and that requires no long-term “recovery” because there is nothing to recover from.

In this follow-up blog we deal with five more questions that have been asked of us by our male patients so often that they deserve to be compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list:

1. Once my doctors have determined that EVLA is the best treatment for me, do I need to do anything to prepare for the procedure?

No preparation is necessary. If your procedure is scheduled for the morning, be sure to eat breakfast and take any normal medications You should, however, wear loose-fitting pants or sweats because your legs will be wrapped with elastic bandages after the procedure.

2. The only thing I know about lasers is from James Bond movies. Will the laser damage or burn my skin or leave scars and bruising?

The vascular lasers we use for EVLA are specifically designed for medical use and target the pigment in blood, so the diseased blood vessels are destroyed without affecting surrounding skin. There is no risk of scarring because insertion of the laser itself requires just a tiny puncture. Some patients may experience temporary bruising, but this resolves itself in a few weeks.

3. What should I expect immediately after the procedure?

 Most patients return to their normal activities immediately after treatment, although we recommend that for the first 48 hours you avoid aerobics, jogging, or long periods of sitting and standing. We also recommend that all patients wear compression hose for a minimum of three days after treatment, because that enhances the healing process. There is rarely any residual pain, but if there is you will be able to treat it with ibuprofen or other over-the-counter medications.

4. How long will it take after the procedure until my varicose veins are completely gone?

Most patients report that negative symptoms caused by their varicose veins (such as swollen legs and chronic tiredness) go away very quickly. It does, however, take some time for the treated veins to be absorbed into surrounding tissue, so depending on their original size it may take a few weeks for all traces of them to fully disappear.

5. After my treatment, will my varicose veins be gone forever?

 When varicose veins are removed with EVLA, they are closed forever, and can’t “come back.” To make sure of this, and that all veins were successfully treated, we recommend that our patients have a review scan 1-2 weeks from the date of laser treatment. Over time, there is a minor possibility that new varicose veins may form, so we also recommend dropping in for periodic examinations to make sure that isn’t happening.

Recently A Current Affair on Channel 9 ran a story on the treatment of Varicose Veins, take a look at what patients had to say about treatment.

Make an informed decision.

Whether you have additional questions or you’re convinced and just want to get the process started, your next step should be to schedule an initial consultation. You can do this by calling The Vein Institute at 1300 535 017 or by completing the appointment request form on our website.

In your initial consultation, one of our experienced doctors will examine your varicose veins using safe, painless ultrasound technology and then recommend the best course of treatment for you, based on your individual condition. Naturally, if you have additional questions that we did not cover in this FAQ, you can ask them as well.



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Varicose veins are leg veins which do not pump blood effectively back to the heart and can be often seen as bulging veins just underneath your skin on either leg. These varicose veins have valves in them which are not working effectively so that blood which is meant to be pushed towards the heart, leaks downwards toward the legs. There are other leg veins which are still working, so blood does eventually arrive through other routes to your heart. However, varicose veins do exert added pressure on your circulatory system. Read More.

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a Varicose Veins Laser Treatment performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. This new procedure is an excellent treatment option for most patients with varicose veins and is considered slightly more effective than surgery but without the need for hospitalization. Read More.

This is an endovenous treatment (meaning treating the vein on the inside). It is generally accepted to be associated with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser ablation. It is a “gold standard” form of treatment for large varicose leg veins treatment as the procedure requires no hospitalization or time of work yet is at least as effective as surgery. Read More.

Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment by Sapheon is the latest surgery free procedure that uses a medical adhesive to safely and effectively treat varicose veins. Unlike other treatments, Venaseal™ does not require tumescent local anaesthetic around the vein, so there is usually only one local anaesthetic injection. The Venaseal™ non surgical treatment procedure also eliminates the use of heat (or thermal energy) so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury or any major reaction to the anaesthetic. Read More.

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy allows our doctors to visually guide and monitor a needle to the exact source of the incompetent vein (valve) to be injected. By using ultrasound we can treat more quickly and safely larger and deeper veins that once required more invasive surgical treatment. Foam sclerotherapy is the new form of delivering the sclerosing agent that allows us to treat larger varicose veins that might be unsuccessfully treated with conventional sclerotherapy. The foam solution has the consistency of ‘shaving cream’, which improves treatment in two distinct ways. Read More.

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