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Is endovenous laser ablation procedure painful?

Is endovenous laser ablation procedure painful?

No: There is minor discomfort from the initial puncture and during the course of getting the vein anesthetized. There should be no pain at all when the laser is running. People have varying amounts of bruising and discomfort after the procedure. This is almost never enough to interrupt regular activities. Laser ablation is much easier (both during the procedure and recovery) than surgical procedures s. ...Read more

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Varicose vein treatment, is evlt procedure okay?

Varicose vein treatment, is evlt procedure okay?

EVLT Speak to: Your surgeon whom you consulted risk and benefits . Endo venous laser therapy ( e v l t ) is one of many accepted treatments for varicose veins. ...Read more

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What type of doctor does endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy?

What type of doctor does endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy?

Vein Specialist: Although many physicians can perform sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation, a vein specialist who is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine is considered an expert in the field. Physicians who have passed this exam are recognized as Diplomates in the field of Phlebology (Vein Treatment). ...Read more

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Is vein stripping surgery dangerous?

Is  vein stripping surgery dangerous?

Vein Stripping: Vein stripping is a surgery that requires general anesthesia. Several incisions are made along the length of the vein to remove pieces of it, not allowing blood to flow through it. There is more risk with this compared to newer, less invasive procedures. These risk are use of general anesthesia, more sites that can potentially bleed or get infected, nerve damage compared to laser or radiofrequency ...Read more

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How does the evlt procedure treat varicose veins?

Very well: Varicose veins on the surface are often related to poorly functioning veins below the skin. These veins are detected by ultrasound. Evlt is an excellent treatment for many of these underlying veins. A small needle is placed into the underlying vein. A laser fiber is placed through the needle into the vein. After local anesthesia, laser energy is delivered to the vein in order to eliminate it. ...Read more

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Is fraxel laser treatment also called "ablative laser resurfacing"?

Is fraxel laser treatment also called "ablative laser resurfacing"?

Non- ablative: Fraxel laser treatment delivers the potency of ablative treatments with the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers. So you get the best of both worlds: dramatic results and less downtime. ...Read more

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Is radio frequency ablation (rfa) any better than evlt?

Is radio frequency ablation (rfa) any better than evlt?

RFA vs EVLT: Both treatment are very effective. Evlt uses laser heat and rfa used radiofrequency heat. Rfa is associated with a little less pain & bruising after the procedure, but both treatment have minimal recovery time. Both are done in a doctors office and treat varicose vein disease associated with venous reflux. Radiofrequency ablation tends to be a little more expensive due the the cost of the device. ...Read more

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What is radiofrequency ablation?

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Thermal Lesion: Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure where thermal energy is used to ablate/cut a nerve in half. This will in essence stop transmission of signals through that nerve, mainly pain signals. This technology can be used for treating the spine, nerve pain disorders, also be used for heart problems and treat tumors. ...Read more

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Which is least invasive of rf procedures for the patient, re: venefit targeted endovenous therapy vs. Vnus closure system for varicose veins?

Which is least invasive of rf procedures for the patient, re: venefit targeted endovenous therapy vs. Vnus closure system for varicose veins?

Veins: All are equally minimally invasive All have similar outcomes All are tolerated well It's more related to the procedure your treating physician does ...Read more

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Can laser treatment completely cure varicose veins?

Not completely: Endovenous laser ablation is one of the tools used now-a-days to treat varicose veins. Many patients that is all what they need and do well for many years. Other patients with more advanced vein disease need other additional treatment modalities to complete the treatment. However venous disease is for the most part a progressive condition and most patients will need more treatments after sometime. ...Read more

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Is varicose vein surgery painful?

Typically No: Varicose vein treatments have come a long way since the days of "vein stripping". Treatments (such as vnus closure) are done in the office in about 30 minutes and only require local anesthetic. There is no downtime. You can go back to work immediately and back to exercise in 4 days. The only sensation that you typically feel is a "pinch" while the your physician is numbing your skin. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein RX Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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Fraxel laser treatment and inno peel procedure?

Fraxel laser treatment and inno peel procedure?

This: This is usually used to treat pigment disorders and wrinkles-photo ageing. ...Read more

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Is evlt or sclerotherapy better for the treatment ofvaricose/spider veins?

Is evlt or sclerotherapy better for the treatment ofvaricose/spider veins?

Usually both: Spider veins are typically treated with sclerotherapy. If there are varicose veins, an ultrasound should be done to determine if poorly functioning underlying veins are present. If so, often evlt (endogenous laser) is used to treat them. In some cases ultrsound-guided sclerotherapy is done to the underlying veins. Surface varicose veins are treated with ambulatory phlebecomty and/or sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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Is the evlt procedure for veins painful?

Is the evlt procedure for veins painful?

EVLT Varicose Veins: Evlt, or endovenous laser therapy, for varicose vein disease is associated with very little discomfort. It is typically done in the doctors office using local anesthetic with xylocaine. Some doctors also utilize Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream, a topical skin anesthetic. It is very well tolerated by patients & takes about 40 minutes. If you are anxious about it, as your doctor for a valium to take just prior. ...Read more

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What are the complications of endovenous laser treatment (evlt)?

What are the complications of endovenous laser treatment (evlt)?

Endovenous laser: Complication chances are minimal. There a 1% risk of blood clot. There is a small chance of skin numbness as a results of thermal injury to nerves. Small chance of skin pigmentation / discoloration at treatment sites, but this usually resolves. Small chance of vein damage or bleeding. Have a board-certified vein specialist perform your procedure (preferrably a vascular surgeon). ...Read more

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How effective is vein ablation for the treatment of varicose veins?

How effective is vein ablation for the treatment of varicose veins?

Varicose Veins: Vein ablation therapy is extremely effective (>95%) for treatment of defective saphenous veins, and is the current gold-standard (main accepted therapy) for treatment of varicose veins & venous insufficiency from saphenous vein disease. It uses heat energy (laser or radiofrequency energy). Some veins cannot be treated with heat ablation, and would need surgery or injections (sclerotherapy) done. ...Read more

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Cardiologist does not use radio frequency procedures at all on anyone; only endovenous laser ablation treatment for varicose veins. Approach limited?

Cardiologist does not use radio frequency procedures at all on anyone; only endovenous laser ablation treatment for varicose veins. Approach limited?

RF vs Laser: The use of RF or laser for endovenous closure procedures is a matter of choice of the treating physicians. Both do the job well and the long term results of both are very similar. I prefer laser over RF. Currently there are other options for closing veins including Varithena, Venaseal and Clarivein. I still prefer laser over all of them. ...Read more

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Is cosmetic sclerotherapy possible without treating deep veins?

Possibly Yes : If you have reflux in the deeper superficial veins and varicose veins it is generally advisable to get the saphenous reflux treated first. Then get the varicose veins and spider veins treated . If you just have tiny spider veins especially on the outside of the thigh they can be treated at any time. ...Read more

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Are lasers effective on removing spider veins?

Are lasers effective on removing spider veins?

Only the tiniest : The "gold standard" still is sclerotherapy, but lasers are becoming more effective and with less side effects, if performed by an expert in laser therapy, but can be more costly. Sclerotherapy requires skill and precision as well, but has a very low side effect or risk profile, and can work on small to medium spider veins. Larger varicosities will require surgery or endovenous approaches. ...Read more

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