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Frequently Asked Questions About Endovenous Laser Ablation

September 6, 2016 • jake • Endovenous Laser Ablation

Before you decide on getting Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA), you are likely to have many questions. These are among the most frequently asked and may help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right choice for you. What does ELA treat? ELA is commonly used to reduce symptoms or the risks of complications associated with venous disease, which could potentially include the risk of blood clots. Many candidates for this particular treatment have either large varicose veins or incompetent saphenous veins. Every patient is evaluated as an individual so that you are able to decide on the right treatment to meet your needs. What are the benefits of ELA? ELA provides many potential benefits to patients receiving it, including improved blood circulation, more confidence in appearance, reduced likelihood of stasis ulcers, and relief from the discomfort and pain associated with various vein conditions. Who performs Endovenous Laser Ablation? This is a surgical procedure that is performed I a hospital surgical suite by a qualified vascular surgeon (vein specialist) who is surrounded by a group of dedicated medical professionals to assist. How can patients prepare for ELA treatment? It is possible to eat and take necessary medications the morning of the surgery. Patients are encouraged to wear loose-fitting pants to accommodate the elastic bandages that will be wrapped around your legs once the procedure ends. If you are nervous or stressed about the procedure you may be provided with a mild anti-anxiety medication to take prior to surgery. What to expect during the treatment? Most people are concerned about the procedure itself. In this case, the treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes per leg to treat. The treatment uses specialty laser energy guided by ultrasound to target the damaged vein so that it can be closed off. Most people only report mild discomfort. A few have experienced minimal bruising. The fact that the vein is left in place though it has been destroyed allows vascular surgeons to minimize bleeding and bruising that might otherwise occur. What happens after the treatment? You will leave the hospital with specific instructions to avoid long periods of sitting or standing and avoid aerobics, jogging, and other similar types of physical activity. You will likely be asked to wear compression stockings for at least two weeks. Mild discomfort it possible. Your doctor will discuss acceptable pain relief with you and you may have skin that is bruised and discolored for several weeks. The Kimmel Institute offers Endovenous Laser Ablation, as part of our comprehensive treatment services for varicose veins. Our South Florida office is a state-of-the-art vein clinic offering the latest in aesthetic vein treatment and technology.  

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