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Doctor insights on: Varicose Veins And Radiofrequency Ablation

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

Varicose veins are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins usually have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to te heart. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves so blood moves forward and back which causes the enlarged vessels. These varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for a ...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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In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein 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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Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Recovery vein RX: 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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Varicose Veins: Had laser ablation but there is pain and some swelling after 5 weeks. Ultrasound is negative. Is it because I am a slow healer?

Varicose Veins: Had laser ablation but there is pain and some swelling after 5 weeks. Ultrasound is negative. Is it because I am a slow healer?

Laser Vein Ablation: Since laser vein ablation actually closes a defective vein beneath the surface, it can lead to a fair amount of soreness, inflammation, & tenderness that can take several weeks to even a few months to completely resolve as teh body heals. It may be normal. The other possibility is superficial thrombophlebitis of some of the varicose branches that grew from the treated vein. Use stockings longer. ...Read more

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Had radiofrequency ablation to close great saphenous vein both legs and now it's causing my foot to swell and pain at incision. Any ideas. Followup ok?

Had radiofrequency ablation to close great saphenous vein both legs and now it's causing my foot to swell and pain at incision. Any ideas. Followup ok?

Not surprised.: One of the side effects of the procedure is edema of the lower leg . There is no specific way to treat this except maybe pressure stockings. The wound site needs to be checked by the doc who did the procedure to make sure there is not an other problem. BEst wishes ...Read more

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I do not want a spider vein on my leg to be misdiagnosed as a varicose vein needing ablation. Are spiders often confusing to diagnose visually?

I do not want a spider vein on my leg to be misdiagnosed as a varicose vein needing ablation. Are spiders often confusing to diagnose visually?

No: Any vein specialist can help you distinguish between the two. An ultrasound may be suggested as certain spider veins may reflect deeper disease. Check miamibeachvein.Com to learn more. Check phlebology.Org for a referral. ...Read more

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I have varicose vein pain in my leg. What is the best pain reliever? I do wear the support stockings and am getting ablation in 1 week.

I have varicose vein pain in my leg. What is the best pain reliever? I do wear the support stockings and am getting ablation in 1 week.

Varicose veins: Consider standard anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. Another option is horse chestnut extract or Venastat, which is often very effective. The fact that you are utilizing compression stockings is also very good, as they tend to help alot. Make sure that you use prescription grade compression stockings. Also, seek your vein ablation procedure from a board-certified vascular surgeon expert. ...Read more

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How can a patient be treated that has painful nerve damage as a reult of varicose vein laser ablation from knee to ankle?

How can a patient be treated that has painful nerve damage as a reult of varicose vein laser ablation from knee to ankle?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage is a difficulty problem, no matter how it occurred. EVLT of the saphenous vein does have a small risk of "heating" a adjacent nerve & leading to nerve damage which can cause chronic pain. If often improves with time & can also leave some numbness of the adjacent skin. Recommend exercise to stimutate blood flow & neuropathy med such as neurontin (gabapentin) if the pain is severe. ...Read more

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What are the normal side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

What are the normal side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

Pain: I assume you are speaking of spinal medial branch facet joint ablation. Most patients understandably want immediate relief. Some do get that. Others do not. Some times it takes a couple of weeks before you notice a difference. It does not work on some people. But the "normal" side effect is continued discomfort up to a couple of weeks. If pain exceeds that it probably is not going to work. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Radiofrequency Ablation (Definition)

It is a medical procedurei which a part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or any other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from the high frequency alternating current to ...Read more