Question: How will I feel after vein treatment?
Answer: Venous disease presents in many different forms and many degrees of severity. No two patients are exactly alike. In the case of cosmetic spider veins, you may experience some bruising for several days after treatment. Over about a month, you will notice the gradual disappearance of the spider veins. Your legs will also feel better. We use cosmetic sclerotherapy for these veins. Laser technology is not indicated for spider veins.
If you have a more advanced vein problem, the laser procedure may be indicated. This procedure is done in the office. The patient walks in has the procedure, walks out and in most cases, resumes normal activity the very next day. No longer is vein stripping required, thus there is no blood loss, and no bed rest required.
Our patients report a rapid decline in symptoms and problems related to their legs. In many the leg cramps, pain, tenderness, and heaviness is gone within the first week. If swelling is a problem, that usually takes longer to resolve. Follow-up treatment is a must. Although the problem is related to the long saphenous vein, many patients have branch veins that can contribute to recurrence. These veins are usually treated with sclerotherapy.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy as done for follow-up after laser treatment is very effective in clearing off residual veins. This in office procedure is essential to providing the comprehensive care of venous disease.
Many of our athletic patients report increase performance, stamina, and comfort as they compete in their respective sports.