𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐲
Lasers are used to treat varicose veins in a procedure called endovenous laser ablation (ELA). This is very similar to another procedure called radiofrequency ablation (RFA), with the only difference being the type of instrument used. During this procedure, your doctor will inject a special anesthetic solution along the length of your leg. This numbs your leg and protects the surrounding tissues from the heat of the laser. Next, your doctor will make a small incision on your lower leg and insert a hollow tube (called a catheter) into your vein. A laser fiber is passed through the catheter to the very top of your vein, near your groin. Using ultrasound to see inside your vein, your doctor uses the laser to cause targeted damage to the tissues along the length of the vein. This results in the vein collapsing and scarring closed.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐬?
Endovenous laser ablation has been used for many years and has proven to be very safe. However, no medical treatment is without risk. Possible complications include infection, pain, bleeding, bruising, nerve damage, redness or swelling of the vein, blood clots, changes in skin color over the vein, and burns.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐬?
Immediately after your procedure, you will be encouraged to walk for 30-60 minutes. You’ll be asked to continue walking for 10-20 minutes three times a day for the next three weeks. This encourages blood flow, promotes healing, and helps prevent blood clots. You’ll also be provided with a pair of compression stockings to wear for 7-10 days after surgery. This will help with swelling and also compresses your veins to prevent additional reflux. You’ll be asked to keep the incision site dry for at least 48 hours, this may mean you need to sponge bathe for a couple of days. You may experience bruising, a tight or pulling sensation in the leg, swelling, and/or pain. This should all heal in a matter of weeks. But if the pain is unmanageable, be sure to talk to your doctor about it.
𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐠𝐥𝐮𝐞
Vein glue, also known by the brand name VenaSeal, is an exciting advancement in the treatment of varicose veins. It is a medical-grade adhesive (n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate) that is safe for use inside the human body. During your vein glue procedure, your doctor will begin by numbing an area on your calf with a small needle prick. They will then insert a catheter through your numbed skin and into your vein. The flexible catheter will be threaded all the way to the top of your vein, near your groin. Using ultrasound to see the catheter’s exact position, your doctor will inject a drop of glue into the vein. External pressure will be applied to your leg for about 30 seconds while the glue sets. Your doctor will then repeat this process along the length of your leg until the entire vein is sealed shut.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞?
For this procedure, you will likely be at your doctor’s office for about an hour, though the actual treatment will not take that long.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐥?
VenaSeal is a relatively new technology but has been rigorously studied and proven to be very safe. However, no medical procedure is without risk. You may experience bruising, tenderness, bleeding, or swelling particularly at the injection site. This typically resolves in a few days. In rare instances (fewer than 1%), patients may develop an allergic reaction to the glue. There is also a small risk of developing a blood clot.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐲
Immediately after surgery, your injection site will be cleaned and your doctor will apply a small adhesive bandage. You’ll be asked to keep the incision site dry for the next 8 hours. Vein glue is the only venous closure option that does not require the use of compression stockings after; however, you may choose to wear them if it feels better to you. You’ll be encouraged to walk for 10-20 minutes three times a day for the next two to three weeks to promote healing and prevent blood clots.
𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 ?
Every patient is different, so it’s best to talk to your doctor about which varicose vein treatment is right for you. However, at Bankers vascular Centre, we have generally seen patients who have vein closure using VenaSeal experience less bruising and less discomfort compared to laser surgery. If you’d like to discuss your treatment options you can freely contact us on the given details:
📍 Bankers vascular Centre: 3rd floor, RJP house, Near Gopi restaurant, Anandnagar Road Satellite, Ahmedabad-380015
For Appointment: ☎ 9909908428 ☎ 9909903449 🌐 http://www.bankersvascular.com
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