When should I seek vein treatment?
Many patients wish to eliminate varicose veins due to their unsightly appearance, but it is important to note the health benefits as well. Patients with varicose veins can experience pain, swelling, burning, itching or excessive tiredness. Untreated varicose veins can lead to blood clots, skin ulcers, inflammation or bleeding veins.
How are varicose veins treated?
Everyone's vein problem is different and unique, whether it is the types, severity or location of varicose veins. Fortunately, we are now able to create a customized treatment plan to fit each patient. EVLA is a great new alternative to painful and invasive "vein stripping." EVLA is a quick procedure, performed in the office, while you are awake and typically allows you to return to normal activities within two days.
Can eliminating a vein negatively affect my health?
No. Your leg contains many veins with functional valves that will maintain healthy blood flow following the elimination of the varicose veins with the EVLA treatment from BSW Advanced Vein Clinic of North Texas.
Are there any side effects with EVLA?
EVLA is a minimally invasive procedure that can lead to slight bruising, which often disappears in a matter of weeks. Most patients experience a 'tightening' sensation four days to a week after the treatment, which is entirely normal. Like any surgical procedure, EVLA involves a certain level of risk, and although rare, the potential for complications does exist. It is important to discuss with your doctor the potential risks of EVLA versus the risk of leaving your varicose veins untreated, and together you can decide the best course of action.
What is the success rate for EVLA?
Based on clinical data, EVLA has up to a 98 percent success rate in varicose vein patients, much higher than older, traditional methods of treatment. This level of success coupled with the speed of both the procedure and recovery leads us to believe EVLA will quickly become the preferred method for varicose vein treatment.
What is the cost for this treatment?
When necessary due to a medical condition, EVLA is normally reimbursed by most medical insurance carriers, including Medicare. We will work with you and your insurance provider to establish your insurance coverage for this treatment.
If I have varicose vein surgery, how long will I be out of work?
Most people can go back to work in two or three days after the procedure.
What will my leg look like after surgery?
You will have some bruising, the extent often depending on the severity of the varicose veins that are treated. This resolves in two or three weeks.
Will this one procedure be the last I'll ever have to worry about this problem?
We now know that many people have a genetic predisposition that may lead to new abnormal veins in the future. That is the reason that we recommend yearly follow-up exams to pick up small problems before they become serious.