Is everyone with varicose veins able to have EVLT?

No. Some people have large, winding veins that are not suitable. Your Surgeon will be happy to discuss whether your veins are suitable for EVLT. Research suggests that about 70% of people with varicose veins can be treated with EVLT.

Is EVLT all I need for my veins ?

EVLT will remove the major superficial veins, including the LSV and anterior thigh veins. It is, however, usually decided by your surgeon after doing the ultrasound .

Always give the history of – pregnancy – drugs you are taking; even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription I-drinking a lot of alcohol (more than 1 or 2 drinks a day)

During the days before your surgery:
You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen , warfarin and any other drugs that make it hard for your blood to clot. If you smoke, try to stop. Smoking will slow your healing and recovery.

On the day of your surgery:
You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for at least 6 – 8 hours before surgery. Take your prescribed medications with a small sip of water.

Is destroying the saphenous vein harmful ?

No. Of course, Any vein that is destroyed is not healthy and actually can be detrimental to circulatory health. Because the vein is engorged and thrombosed, its removal has no adverse affect on the body. The healthy veins, however, are not touched by the laser and they continue to carry blood away from the legs in an efficient manner.

How successful is endovenous laser ablation ?

All data indicate that endovenous laser ablation is a safe and effective procedure. The FDA has approved it for the treatment of varicose veins. Endovenous laser ablation is minimally invasive and enjoys a 95% success rate with a recurrence rate of 5% after two years.

What are the Common side effects of surgery ?

Some of the common side effects of varicose vein surgery include: Swelling, which may take a few weeks to subside. The feet and ankles are particularly prone. Scarring, although scars tend to be less noticeable than varicose veins and fade with time. Brown staining of the skin may occur, but tends to fade with time. The skin and calf muscle may be painful, swollen and bruised.

What are Possible complications following surgery ?

Varicose vein surgery is considered to be safe, but all surgery carries some degree of risk. Possible complications may include: Infection, particularly if skin ulcers were present Blood clots forming within deep veins Bleeding or bruising.

What is the care at home ?

Be guided by your doctor, but general self-care suggestions include Wear a compression stocking for as long as your doctor advises. Avoid prolonged periods of standing, or sitting with your legs crossed. Support stockings may be needed if your legs continue to ache. You will need to avoid any hard physical exertions during this time. Don’t remove your bandages yourself. Leave bandages for your doctor to remove. To keep the bandages dry while showering, wrap your bandaged leg in plastic. Take at least a half hour walk every day. and 5 minutes every hour as long as awake.