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2016-03-16

What to Expect After Varicose & Spider Vein Treatment

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, raised swollen blood vessels. Most people who have them already know because, they are visibly stretched out where blood has pooled. Usually found on the legs, varicose veins have a thick, “ropey” appearance. Once the extent of venous disease is discovered, typically combinations of treatments are used to fully treat venous insufficiencies. Your physician will start with conservative therapy, less invasive methods, and progress from there.

Types of Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

This is a minimally invasive procedure that has a 98% success rate in providing relief from painful and unsightly varicose veins. EVLT seals off defective superficial saphenous veins, which eliminates the source of surface varicose veins.

What Should You Expect After EVLT?

Following the procedure, Steri-Strips, dressing, compression stockings, and a compression wrap are placed on the treated leg. You will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes immediately following your treatment. The medical grade compression stockings will need to be worn for the first 36 hours and then about two weeks following the procedure to achieve maximum healing and results. Most people are able to return to normal activities of daily living immediately, although, strenuous activities, such as exercise, will be limited for approximately one to two weeks to promote healing. It is common to have some discomfort and bruising after this procedure. Pain is usually managed by an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever.

Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove large surface varicose veins. Veins are outlined and abnormal or diseased veins are accessed and removed through a series of pinhole perforations. Typically this is used in combination with EVLT.

What Should You Expect After Microphlebectomy?

Following the procedure, the small punctures are closed with Steri-Strips and bandages, compression stockings and a compression wrap is applied to the treated leg. You will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes immediately following your treatment. The medical grade compression stockings will need to be worn for the first 36 hours and then about two weeks following the procedure to achieve maximum healing and results. Most people are able to return to normal activities of daily living immediately, although, strenuous activities, such as exercise, will be limited for approximately one to two weeks to promote healing. It is common to have some discomfort and bruising after this procedure. Discomfort is usually managed by an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever.

What to Expect After Varicose & Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Veins

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and the vessels appear red, purple, and blue. Easily visible through the skin, spider veins are typically found on the face and legs. Usually spider veins can be a sign of poor circulation and varicose vein formation.

Types of Treatment

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique used in the treatment of spider veins or reticular veins that are too small to be removed surgically. This treatment involves a needle as small as an eyelash to inject a sclerosant, directly into the veins. No sedation is necessary, and you will be able to return directly back to work.

What Should You Expect After Sclerotherapy?

Expect treated areas to look worse before they look better. Bruising is normal and is to be expected for healing to occur. Results may be seen at 6 to 8 weeks, with maximum cosmetic benefit seen at 3 to 12 months following the procedure.

Many patients come, wanting to have their legs ready for the summer or for an event. In considering the healing time and the need to wear compression stockings post-treatment, many patients find it best to have treatments during the cooler months. If you have an event or vacation, it is advised to start treatments at least 4 months or greater prior to the date.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive Seattle varicose vein treatment, including endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Seeking treatment for spider veins? Via Vascular also performs Sclerotherapy as treatment for spider veins. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

 

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