Are the varicose veins in your legs causing you pain and forcing you to make changes to your lifestyle? Do you keep your legs hidden because showing them off makes you feel self-conscious? Have you tried an endless array of techniques that are supposed to treat your varicose veins, to no avail? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, leg vein ablation may be the right solution you’ve been looking for.
Laser vein ablation is the most commonly used methods for treating varicose veins in the legs. At Montville MedSpa and Pain Center, a premier Morris County, NJ vein clinic, we’ve successfully eliminated the varicose veins of countless patients with vein ablation surgery. Our board-certified doctor uses the most advanced tools and state-of-the-art technologies to perform this minimally invasive, virtually pain-free, highly effective, and safe procedure.
If you’re looking for a way to say goodbye to your unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins, you might want to consider vein ablation. We know that you probably have a lot of questions about this procedure. To help you determine if leg vein ablation is the right option for you, please take a look at our answers to some of the questions that we’re most frequently asked about varicose vein ablation.
Q: What is leg vein ablation?
A: Vascular ablation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to treat damaged or diseased veins. Veins feature one-way valves that allow the blood from the legs to make its way back to the heart and prevent it from pooling. If the vein wall becomes weakened, it stretches out and prevents the one-way valves from functioning properly. As a result, blood flows backward, pools in the vein, and the vein becomes varicose; enlarged, puffy, and twisted.
Varicose vein ablation surgery involves using laser energy to apply heat to a varicose vein. In doing so, the vein is sealed off and the blood supply is disrupted. When blood no longer travels through the vein, it relaxes and can no longer be seen.
Q: How does the procedure work?
A: During leg vein ablation, our board-certified physician will make a small incision (about 2-mm in size) in the skin near the varicose vein. A thin, flexible tube will be fed through the incision and a laser fiber will be fed through the tube. The laser fiber will heat up the length of the varicose vein and in doing so, the vein will be sealed off and blood will no longer be able to circulate through it.
Q: Is varicose vein ablation surgery painful?
A: Every person has a different threshold for pain, so it’s difficult to determine exactly what your experience will be like. However, we’d like to note that most of our patients report that they experience very little if any pain during and after the procedure. Those who do experience any discomfort have said that it was mild and that it subsided rather quickly. Applying ice packs to the treatment site and taking pain relievers can help to reduce any pain that you may experience.
Q: Is anesthesia needed?
A: No, anesthesia is not necessary. Unlike other surgical procedures that are used to treat varicose veins, such as vein ligation and stripping, a surgical incision is not necessary, and therefore, anesthesia is not needed. Simply applying a numbing agent to the area that will be treated, as well as along the length of the varicose vein, prevents any pain during the procedure.
Q: Where is the procedure done?
A: At Montville MedSpa and Pain Center, all vascular ablation procedures are completed right at our Morris County clinic. Our facility exceeds sanitary requirements and is extremely welcoming and comfortable. We use the most cutting-edge tools and technologies, proven strategies, and take all necessary factors into consideration prior to, during, and after the procedure.
Q: How long does it take?
A: The amount of time it takes to complete laser vein ablation varies and depends on certain factors, such as the number of veins that you are having treated and the severity of the varicose veins. However, on average, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to treat a single vein.
Q: What is recovery like?
A: As this is a minimally invasive procedure, recovery is fast. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately following the surgery, though if you have several veins treated at the same time or if your varicose veins are severe, it may take a day or two to get back to your regular routine. Generally, most patients report minimal pain during the recovery period.
Q: How long does it take to see results?
A: Each case is different, and therefore, the amount of time it will take to see results does vary. With that said, a majority of the patients who have undergone leg vein ablation at our Morris County facility have reported a significant decrease in the amount of discomfort their varicose veins were causing. Many have also said that they noticed reduced swelling of the vein in as little as one week following the procedure. Do note, however, that it can take several weeks or months to see the full effects.
Q: Are the results permanent?
A: Yes, once a varicose vein is treated with vascular ablation, the results are permanent. It’s important to note, however, that the surgery does not prevent new varicose veins from developing near the site that has been previously treated.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes, laser vein ablation is considered one of the safest treatment techniques for varicose veins. In fact, compared to other treatment methods, such as vein ligation and stripping, the risk of complications is far lower. Additionally, this treatment will not affect blood flow to the legs. The vascular system is complex and contains a vast serious of superficial and deep veins, so blood will continue to properly flow through your legs following the surgery.
Have Additional Questions About Leg Vein Ablation? Contact Montville MedSpa and Pain Center Today!
If you have additional questions about vein ablation or you’d like to set up a consultation with our board-certified physician, please call 973-794-3958 or submit our online contact form located atwww.MontvilleMed.com. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and help you determine if this varicose vein treatment option is the right choice for you.