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Vein Ablation Surgery in Morris County: What to Expect Before, During, and After
If varicose veins in your legs are causing you pain and making you feel self-conscious, leg vein ablation may be the solution that you are looking for. A minimally invasive procedure, laser vein ablation is one of the most commonly used treatment techniques for varicose veins. It’s safe, highly effective, and recovery is fast.
If you’re thinking about having varicose vein ablation surgery, you are probably wondering what to expect. That’s understandable, as it is a medical procedure and making a highly informed decision is important. To help you determine if vein ablation is the right choice for you, Montville MedSpa and Pain Center, a premier Morris County vein clinic, has put together some vital information that highlights what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure. After reading through this information, if you’d like additional information about varicose vein ablation, please reach out to us directly and we’ll be happy to assist you.
First Step: A Consultation
Prior to vascular ablation surgery, you will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation by our board-certified physician. During this evaluation, your physical health and the varicose veins that you would like to have treated will be assessed. You will also be asked several questions relating to your medical history, such as:
- What medical questions you have been diagnosed with?
- What over-the-counter and prescription medications do you take?
- What supplements do you take?
- Do you have a family history of varicose veins?
- Are the varicose veins causing pain?
- Have you ever had your varicose veins treated before?
- Do you have a history of bleeding disorders?
- Are you allergic or sensitive to any medications, contrast dyes, latex, tape, etc.
Those are just a few examples of some of the questions that you will be asked. Be sure that you are open and honest. To ensure complete safety, the doctor needs to know as much information about your health as possible.
After a consultation, the doctor will use the information that was gathered to develop a treatment plan. Together, you will review the treatment plan, and once you approve, you will be able to set up an appointment for the procedure.
Second Step: Preparing for Vein Ablation Surgery
Before your vascular ablation surgery, the doctor will discuss with you exactly what you need to do in order to prepare. While each person is different and some aspects of preparation will be unique to you, there are certain things that every individual who undergoes vein ablation surgery will need to do in order to prepare.
For example, you will be asked not to eat or drink after midnight the day before the surgery. If you take medications, you may be asked to stop taking them until after the procedure is complete. If you smoke, you may be asked to stop prior to, as well as after, the surgery. You should also make arrangements to have someone drive you home after the procedure is complete.
Third Step: Day of Surgery
One the day of your surgery, you should wear comfortable, loose pants. Upon arriving at our Petersburg, NJ facility, you’ll change into a hospital gown and will be instructed to lie down on an examination table in a position that allows the best access to the vein that will be treated.
The doctor will conduct an ultrasound of the leg to assess the varicose vein and determine the best point of access. A numbing agent will be applied to the site where the incision will be made and along the length of the varicose vein.
A small incision will be made in the skin (about 2-mm) and a thin, flexible tube (a catheter) will be fed through the incision so that it runs alongside the varicose vein. A laser fiber will then be placed into the catheter. The doctor will remove the catheter, and while doing so, the laser fiber will apply heat to the varicose vein. The laser fiber will then be removed.
The amount of time it will take to complete the entire procedure depends on how many veins you are having treated, as well as the severity of the varicose vein(s). In general, however, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete vascular ablation on a single vein.
Fourth Step: Post-Surgery
After the procedure is complete, the incision site will be cleaned and a small bandage will be applied to it. Stitches are not necessary, as the incision will be extremely small. You will be asked to get up and walk around and the doctor will review at-home care.
Post-surgical care will depend on the specifics of your case, including your medical history, the number of veins you had treated, and how severe the varicose veins were. There are key instructions that all patients should require post-surgery, however, including:
- Apply an ice pack over the incision and the site of the varicose vein several times a day. This will help to reduce any swelling and minimize any discomfort that you may experience.
- Assess the incision each morning and night. If you see fluid that’s light pink in color on the bandage, that’s normal; however, if you notice anything that seems off, contact our Morris County clinic right away.
- Avoid getting the incision wet for 48 hours after surgery.
- You may be asked to wear compression stockings for a few days or weeks following surgery. The doctor will advise.
- When sitting or lying down, keep the leg that was treated elevated.
- Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Make sure to stay active; however, avoid being overly active. For example, taking regular walks is safe and recommended, but running or jumping is not.
The doctor will share any other post-surgical care tips with you. Additionally, you will need to set up an appointment to have your leg assessed by the doctor. We’ll let you know when your post-surgery appointment should be made.
For Additional Information About Vein Ablation Surgery in Morris County, Contact Us Today!
To learn more about vascular vein ablation surgery or to schedule an appointment with at Montville MedSpa and Pain Center, please call 973-794-3958 or visit our website atwww.MontvilleMed.com. We look forward to helping you erase your varicose veins once and for all!