How long after vein ablation do you see results?
Endovenous ablation, also known as vein ablation, is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure involves using thermal energy or laser energy to destroy the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems, rerouting accumulated blood into healthier leg veins. Vein ablation immediately destroys the diseased vein and reroutes the accumulated blood, so it produces instant results. After vein ablation, the vein doctor may perform other minimally invasive procedures to remove the superficial varicose veins and spider veins.
How long does it take for varicose veins to disappear after ablation?
Vein ablation instantly destroys the diseased vein, rerouting the accumulated blood into healthier veins. But while it treats the root cause of your vein problems instantly, the superficial varicose veins and spider veins on your skin’s surface may take a few months to disappear completely. Once the diseased vein is removed, the accumulated blood will gradually flow into other veins, so the varicose veins will gradually disappear over 12 months. If you want instant results, your vein doctor may perform an ambulatory phlebectomy, which involves manually extracting the superficial varicose veins through small incisions on the skin.
Does vein ablation always work?
Endovenous ablation has a 97% success rate, which means it almost always works perfectly. Vein ablation destroys the root cause of your vein problems, so the risk of your varicose veins and spider veins returning is also negligible. This is the simplest and most effective means of removing spider veins and varicose veins.
Why is my leg still numb after vein ablation?
Approximately 1 out of 20 individuals experience mild post-treatment numbness after vein ablation. The vein ablation procedure involves using thermal energy or laser energy to destroy the diseased saphenous vein, but it can also possibly damage the surrounding nerves in the region, leading to mild numbness and tingling sensations on the ankles. The risk of numbness is extremely low and temporary — your ankles will regain sensation once the injured nerve heals.
Does vein ablation reduce swelling?
Leg swelling is one of the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, the underlying circulatory disorder that vein ablation treats. Since vein ablation reroutes accumulated blood into healthier veins, it prevents blood from accumulating in the leg veins, thus reducing leg swelling. You may experience mild post-treatment swelling in the treatment area, but it should dissipate within a few days.
Does vein ablation help circulation?
Vein ablation definitely improves blood circulation because it treats chronic venous insufficiency, the circulatory disorder responsible for ineffective blood flow in your leg veins. The vein ablation procedure will destroy the diseased saphenous vein, thereby restoring blood circulation to the heart.
How long do you wear compression stockings after vein ablation?
After vein ablation, your vein doctor will ask you to wear compression stockings regularly for 48 hours, following which you can wear them for a few hours a day. Compression stockings apply pressure on your leg veins to push the accumulated blood to the heart and prevent blood from accumulating in the leg veins. You must wear compression stockings after vein ablation to reduce post-treatment swelling, speed up the recovery, and minimize the risk of harsh side effects or complications.
What can you not do after vein ablation?
Vein ablation doesn’t involve major activity restrictions. You can resume most of your daily activities and work immediately after vein ablation, but you should avoid running, bicycle riding, swimming, and heavy lifting for a few days. You should also move your legs frequently and avoid sitting or standing in one place for extended periods.
Can I take a bath after vein ablation?
You must avoid baths, saunas, swimming pools, and other areas where you’ll get your legs wet for at least three days. Please keep the incision site clean and dry to minimize the risk of harsh side effects. After three days, you can resume bathing.
Can you get a blood clot after a vein ablation?
Vein ablation involves an extremely small and negligible risk of developing blood clots in the leg veins, also known as deep vein thrombosis. If you develop swelling and tenderness in the calves, you may have blood clots and need to see a vein doctor immediately. However, the risk of blood clots is negligible, and a good vein doctor can help you avoid it altogether. You must also follow the vein doctor’s aftercare guidelines accurately to prevent blood clots.
What happens to the vein after ablation?
A vein ablation involves using thermal or laser energy to destroy the walls of the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems. The diseased vein will harden into scar tissues that eventually get metabolized by the body, i.e., your body will eventually expel the diseased vein as waste.
Does vein ablation get rid of spider veins?
Vein ablation treats chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of spider veins and varicose veins. As such, this treatment will prevent new spider veins from appearing, and the existing spider veins may gradually fade away. But vein ablation isn’t meant for spider veins. If you want to eliminate your spider veins after the vein treatment, you can ask for sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a sclerosant medicine into spider veins to make them shrink and disappear.
Can varicose veins come back after ablation?
Vein ablation treats the root cause of varicose veins, so the risk of varicose veins returning is negligible. You can still develop new varicose veins in the future, but that will be because of another diseased vein — the same veins won’t return.
If you have spider veins, varicose veins, or other signs and symptoms of vein disease, please schedule an appointment at our vein centers in Long Island. Our board-certified vein doctors use cutting-edge technologies to diagnose and treat the root cause of your vein problems, ensuring optimal and safe results.