Quick Answer: Is Vein Ablation Considered Surgery?

How long does it take to heal from vein ablation?

You may have a bandage and some bruising along the vein that was treated.

You will need to wear compression stockings for 1 week or more.

Most people can return to their normal routines right away..

What is vein ablation?

Endovenous ablation is a procedure to close off varicose veins. Endovenous means that the procedure is done inside the vein. Ablation means a doctor uses heat to damage and close off the vein. Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. Your doctor will put a needle and wire into the vein.

What happens to the vein after ablation?

Most of the veins treated become invisible after the procedure, but may take up to 12 months to completely disappear. It is common to have persistent bruising, or yellowish-brown or blue discolouration of the skin around the treated vein for weeks to months after the procedure.

Can I take a bath after vein ablation?

No baths for 3 days. Avoid lakes, pools or hot tubs for 1 week. Walk at least 30 minutes daily to promote healing. Walking will help with pain and limit risk of complications.

What can you not do after varicose vein surgery?

Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for one week. Along the course of the bulging vein, small incisions will be made. These incisions need to be kept clean and dry for 2 days. After that, it is important to not soak the incisions for 10 days after the procedure to minimize the risk of infection.

Can I drive after vein ablation?

We advise that you do not drive for at least 48 hours after your procedure. You should only drive again when you are free of pain and able to perform an emergency stop comfortably.

Should I elevate my leg after vein ablation?

A warm compress may help with discomfort from injury to your vein during the procedure. Elevate your leg above the level of your heart when you are not moving. This will help decrease swelling and pain.

How far should I walk after varicose vein surgery?

Walk for 10 Minutes Every Day After the first two days of rest following varicose vein surgery, try to get at least 10 minutes of walking in every day for two weeks.

How long does bruising last after vein ablation?

Transient bruising: Following the procedure, many patients notice some mild bruising or discoloration after treatment. This discoloration is almost always transient and will resolve in about three months.

Is numbness normal after vein ablation?

vein being treated becomes irritated from the heat. This can lead to some numb areas along the inside of the leg. normal after 1 to 6 months. to experience numbness, tingling, burning, or “zing-like” sensations to the area affected.

How long will my leg hurt after vein surgery?

Your doctor will give you pain medicine for this. You can expect your leg to be very bruised at first. This is a normal part of recovery and may last 2 to 3 weeks. You may need to wear tight bandages, called compression dressings, on your leg for the first few days after surgery.

Is vein ablation painful?

No, vein ablation is not painful. You may experience mild discomfort, but it is not painful. In this article, we discuss all the details of endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation so you know exactly what to expect from your vein ablation treatment.

What are the side effects of venous ablation?

What are the risks of endovenous laser varicose vein surgery?Infection.Pain over the vein.Bleeding.Bruising.Nerve damage.Redness or swelling (inflammation) of the vein.Blood clots.Changes in skin color over the treated vein.More items…

Can I eat before vein ablation?

Can I eat before my radiofrequency ablation procedure? Yes. In fact, we recommend that you have a small breakfast or light lunch before your procedure.

How do you prepare for a vein ablation?

Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or blood thinners before your procedure. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You will need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area under examination. Plan to have someone drive you home after your procedure.

What happens if nerve ablation doesn’t work?

Repeat the procedure. In some cases, the nerves targeted in the procedure may grow back, so your pain will return. If the radiofrequency ablation relieved your pain temporarily, but then returned after a few months, it may be beneficial to repeat the procedure.

How long do you wear compression stockings after vein ablation?

The standard practice of the Veins Unit is to advise patients to wear class two compression stockings for four weeks post-operatively. Many patients would prefer a shorter period of time in stockings.

How long will I need off work after varicose vein surgery?

The management of patients following surgery for varicose veins has changed substantially during the last forty years, from a routine inpatient stay and advice to remain off work for up to six weeks, to day case surgery and advice to return to normal activities as rapidly as possible.