If you’ve ever suffered from varicose veins you know that in addition to being a little unsightly and embarrassing, they can also be extremely uncomfortable. Varicose veins occur when the veins in your lower extremities are misinformed and don’t pump blood back to your heart properly, causing blood to pool in your legs and your veins to swell up.
The great news is, vein ablation surgery is a relatively simple, outpatient procedure that eliminates varicose veins with a high level of effectiveness. Do you still have questions about this procedure? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about vein ablation surgery.

What Does Vein Ablation Do To My Veins?
Unlike other varicose vein treatments that actually remove the varicose vein from your body, during a vein ablation procedure a small wire is threaded into the abnormal vein. Once in position, that wire emits a radiofrequency signal that essentially cauterizes the vein causing it to close. At this point, your body will redirect blood flow to a healthier vein and your pain and discomfort from varicose veins should be eliminated.

Will It Be Painful?
During the procedure you will remain awake and local anesthesia will be applied to the site where the wire is inserted. The treatment itself is painless, though some patients experience discomfort during recovery. This can be alleviated by wearing compression stockings. If you find yourself in extreme pain after your vein ablation procedure, you should immediately contact your cardiologist.

How Quickly After Can I Return To Normal Life?
Recovery from vein ablation surgery is different for each patient, however we generally see our patients return to their normal routine almost immediately. You may experience some discomfort and even bruising in the treatment area that lasts for a week or two. Also, it’s recommended that you wait at least two weeks to return to your normal exercise routine to allow your legs time to heal.

How Effective Is This Procedure Long-term?
Vein ablation is a highly effective and treatment that has quick, positive results in patients. Compared to vein stripping procedures, vein ablation is more effective and less painful. If you’re suffering from varicose veins and are looking for a long term solution, we recommend that you make an appointment to speak with a cardiologist and put an end to your leg discomfort.

Why live another day in pain from varicose veins, when this simple and highly successful treatment is readily available to you? If you’re sitting at home suffering, contact us today. We’d love to connect you with a member of our team and put an end to your veins for good.