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.