Whether the effects are cosmetic or medical, varicose veins can impact your lifestyle and health. They may not even cause pain, but their dark color and their appearance (larger, untreated veins can twist and bulge) are bothersome for many people.
Painful varicose veins often have some of the following signs and characteristics:
- Achy, “heavy” feeling legs
- Lower leg burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling
- Pain that gets worse after sitting or standing for a long time
- Itching around one or more veins
- Varicose veins that bleed
The good news is, today’s procedures to remove varicose veins can be performed in a vein specialist’s office, and most people can get back to their normal routine immediately. If you’re considering varicose vein removal, knowing what to expect can help you prepare for your procedure.
An advanced treatment for varicose vein removal
- Endovenous Ablation (EVA) – This procedure uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It can be performed for cosmetic purposes, but is also effective for easing aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, minimally invasive and leaves virtually no scars.
EVA varicose vein removal: What to expect
Although EVA can be performed on an outpatient basis in about one hour, some people may require admission following the procedure. Talk with your physician to see if you will be admitted. Here are some factors to know about EVA:
- If and when lasers are used, you will be asked to wear protective glasses.
- The area to be treated will be cleaned, shaved and numbed.
- You will feel a slight pin prick when the local anesthetic is injected.
- As the catheter is inserted, you may feel slight pressure, but should feel no major discomfort.
- For many people, the injection of local anesthetic around the varicose vein is the most uncomfortable part of the procedure since multiple injections along the vein are required. The closure of the vein with laser or radiofrequency is usually not painful.
- After EVA, you will need to wear a compression stocking to help reduce bruising, tenderness and to minimize the rare possibility of blood clots forming.
- Most people can resume normal activity right away, but must avoid air travel or a long car trip. Your doctor will ask that you stay active and not spend too much time in bed during the recovery period to avoid the chance of complications.
Advanced, compassionate varicose vein care in San Antonio
You deserve to look and feel your best; to wear shorts or dresses with confidence, and to end the discomfort caused by varicose veins. For expert varicose vein removal in San Antonio, choose Vein Associates of Texas. Beyond advanced treatment technologies and excellent care — our friendly staff and experienced physician, Dr. Martin Franklin take care of you like family. We invite you to experience our positive, supportive atmosphere, explore your treatment options and feel confident about your care.
To learn more about our specialized vein care, schedule your appointment today by calling 888-653-2728 or click here to use our online form.