After your scan at our clinic your leg will be cleaned before a tiny amount of anaesthetic is applied (using super fine needles).
Access to your faulty vein will then occur before the laser fiber is inserted.
After this a cool anaesthetic is then applied around your vein to protect surrounding tissues.
You will then be required to wear goggles before the laser machine is switched on.
During the procedure the laser will be pulled back to seal the faulty vein. THERE IS NO PAIN WHEN THE LASER IS BEING USED.
After the procedure you will be required to wear stockings for 5-7 days and walk half an hour a day. Long distance travel is not permitted for 4 weeks.
Your leg may feel numb for six hours after the procedure.
A follow-up appointment is required for all patients. At this appointment further treatment may occur with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
In this procedure the laser energy damages the vein wall and seals of the faulty vein. The damaged vein eventually disappears as the body reabsorbs it over time.
How does blood get back to the heart if the vein is damaged?
Varicose veins do not pump blood effectively to the heart so they are not responsible for your circulation. In any case blood finds its way to the heart using other veins (everyone has billions of veins).
There are many different laser types each with their own specific uses. The Vein Institute uses the latest radial tip laser fibers which are associated with less pain after the procedure than traditional bare tip laser fibers.
No preparation is required before the procedure. Please make sure you have breakfast if you are having the procedure performed in the morning.
Yes you can drive after the procedure if you have not requested any Valium however no long distance travel > 5 hours is recommended. If this is necessary you are required to have an injection of Clexane.
All patients must wear stockings for a minimum of three days after the procedure.
All patients must have a review scan after the procedure between 1-2 weeks from the date of laser treatment.
Uncommon: Soreness or phlebitis which usually settles with Nurofen and tight compression stockings.
Very Rare: Deep Vein Thrombosis or PE is extremely rare but possible
Very Rare: Nerve damage which affects sensation in calf can extremely rarely occur.