The 10 Most Common Questions Men Ask about Laser Varicose Vein Treatment – part 1
Many people are under the misconception that varicose veins are a “women’s disease,” one that doesn’t affect men. That’s not true – 25% of 30-to-40-year-old men and 50% of men over 70 have varicose veins.
So if you are reading this particular blog post, chances are 1) you’re a man, 2) you have varicose veins, 3) you’ve decided to do something to eliminate them, and 4) you’ve been advised by friends or doctors that the most effective way to get rid of your varicose veins permanently is with laser treatment.
Naturally, you have some questions that you’d like answered about this form of treatment. So in this two-part series of Men’s Health blog posts we’ll present a list of the questions we’ve been asked the most often by our male patients during our years as one of Australia’s most respected vein clinics.
1.What exactly is endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and how does it work?
EVLA is a form of minimally-invasive treatment we use to remove varicose veins by inserting a tiny, needle-sized laser into the veins and then releasing a precisely controlled flow of energy to seal the vein and allow blood flow to be redirected to healthier veins. Endovenous treatment means that we can eliminate your swollen, diseased veins without the need for large incisions, general anaesthetic, or hospitalisation.
2.No hospitals? Good…I hate hospitals. Where are the treatments performed? How does it work?
EVLA treatment is a walk in, walk out procedure, performed in the comfort of our offices. Typical treatments take less than an hour and provide quick relief of symptoms, allowing you to return to your work or normal activity immediately.
This video gives you an overview of how this procedure works.
3. Will I need to take extended time off from work for the procedure itself, or to recover? How long does the procedure take?
Most treatments take 30-60 minutes to perform. After treatment, you should be able to return to your work or daily routine immediately, without any disruption. As for “recovery,” there is no scarring because no surgical incisions are needed, and the treatment is so gentle that there is nothing to recover from.
4.Will the procedure hurt?
EVLA is performed under local anesthesia. The doctor inserts a small laser fiber into the damaged vein, usually through a needle stick in the skin. This involves no more pain than getting a flu shot, but for patients who are highly sensitive to pain the doctors can treat the area first with a numbing cream or offer anti-anxiety medications to make the process even more comfortable.
5. What happens to the treated varicose veins?
During the procedure, your doctor uses ultrasound to guide the fiber to the proper location. Pulses of laser light are then delivered as the fiber is pulled through the vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut. You don’t have to worry about “losing” the sealed veins because varicose veins are dysfunctional; after the procedure your body will automatically route blood to healthier veins, with the result that your overall circulation will actually improve.
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.
In next week’s blog post we will continue this series, dealing with frequently asked questions such as how to prepare for the EVLA procedure, and what to expect during and after it.
If you don’t want to wait a week, we urge you to book an initial consultation by calling The Vein Institute at 1 300 535 017 or by completing the appointment request form on our website. In your first consultation, you will meet with one of our experienced doctors, who 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. At that time you can ask any additional questions that you might have.