A 43-year-old member asked:
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how should you expect to feel after the varicose veins laser surgery?

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Dr. James White
30 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Limited Downtime: Most have very little downtime associated with evlt laser therapy or with vnus radiofrequency closure of enlarged varicose veins. Most patients may return to normal activites 1 day after the procedures. We require patients to wear thigh length compression stockings 24/7 for 2 weeks. The stockings can be removed to shower. Most patients take Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin for minor pain. Few require narcotics.
Answered on Mar 28, 2015
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Dr. Lawrence Presant
40 years experience Phlebology
Post EVLT ache: I just had endovenous laser ablation of my great saphenous vein so everything I have been telling my patients to expect for the past 11 years is confirmed. Expect little sensation for 4-6 hours as the local wears off. Then you will feel mild soreness from the needle punctures from anesthesia. Mild aching or tightness is reduced significantly by wearing a 6 inch ace wrap on the thigh and walking.
Answered on Nov 12, 2013
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Dr. Ted King
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Essentially normal: A drs. White and presant said, there is little pain and little down time. Laser surgery for varicose veins is incredibly well tolerated. Generally people little nothing more for pain than to take anti-inflammatory medicine and most don't even bother with that. Compression stockings do help with discomfort and bruising as does most activity.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Joel Gotvald
24 years experience Vascular Surgery
Vein Laser Therapy: I suspect you are referring to EVLT laser ablation treatment. Since the vein is initially numb from Novacaine anesthetic, there is usually numbness of the skin for a couple of hours. Then you will have some mild soreness & tenderness of the treated vein (usually inner thigh) for several days. After that, there may be some intermittant aching & tugging sensations at the therapy site for about 1 wk.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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