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Does Endovenous Laser Ablation hurt?

Does this procedure hurt?

The information provided by medical professionals in the Q&A is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for individualized medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by a qualified health care provider.

Answers


Replied on 3/27/2013

By: Finesse Surgical Solutions  |  James W Schlotter, M.D., F.A.C.S.
San Marcos, TX


Endovenous ablation is performed using local anesthetic. This medicine is injected prior to the ablation. Although the injections are "aggravating" there is no pain during the actual ablation. There will be some soreness after surgery for 1-2 weeks.


Replied on 10/1/2010

By: Vanish Vein and Laser Center  |  Dr. John Landi, FACS, RPVI, RPhS
Medical Director, Diplomate Am. Board of Phlebology

Naples, FL


The actual lasering portion of the procedure should be painless since local anesthesia is injected around the vein. There are a few needle pricks felt during the insertion of the tumescent anesthesia. My experience has been that the entire procedure is well tolerated by even those with minimum pain tolerance.


Replied on 8/22/2010

By: Laser Vein Center  |  Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
O'Fallon, MO


Individual experiences vary depending on sensitivity to pain, anxiety, and other factors including the commitment of the treating physician to minimize pain. The local anesthetic injection causes discomfort which is well tolerated by nearly all patients. The actual needle stick to access the vein stings much like the discomfort of having an IV catheter started or a venipuncture for drawing blood. Usually, this is very brief. A small amount of pain for a great deal of gain for the vast majority of patients.


Replied on 7/22/2010

By: Miller Vein  |  Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D.
Steven K. Wang, M.D.
Michael E. Lulenski, M.D.

Novi, MI


The procedure is "virtually" painless. You will feel some needle pokes from the anesthetic. Otherwise it is painless.


Replied on 7/20/2010

By: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee  |  Stephen F. Daugherty, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Clarksville, TN


Individual experiences vary depending on sensitivity to pain, anxiety, and other factors including the commitment of the treating physician to minimize pain. The local anesthetic injection causes discomfort which is well tolerated by nearly all patients. The actual needle stick to access the vein stings much like the discomfort of having an IV catheter started or a venipuncture for drawing blood. Usually, this is very brief. A small amount of pain for a great deal of gain for the vast majority of patients.


Replied on 7/19/2010

By: Angelo N. Makris MD   |  Angelo N. Makris, M.D. Interventional Radiology Center
Oak Brook, IL


The procedure can be done with just a local anesthetic. In my opinion, it is not a painful procedure.


Replied on 7/19/2010

By: Heart and Vein Center  |  Rodolfo D. Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA
Lathrup Village, MI


As part of the procedure it is necesary to apply local anesthetic to the treated vein. This is done using few injections of lidocaine. Most patient will describe it a minor discomfort. It is just limited to those few injections. Otherwise the procedure is very easy to tolerate.


Replied on 7/19/2010

By: Vein and Vascular Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Cardiovascular Consultants of South Florida  |  Susan B. Fox, D.O.
Hollywood, FL


The numbing medication hurts. The laser itself you should be numb for like when you get a filling at the dentist.


Replied on 7/18/2010

By: Innovative Vein  |  Paul Cheatum, M.D.
Wichita, KS


Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally invasive and minimally painful procedure. Most often the procedure is completed with patients awake because it is so easy to tolerate.


Replied on 7/16/2010

By: Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center  |  David A. Engleman MD, FACC
Dallas, TX


Mild during the procedure. Moderate discomfort during recovery. Usually pretty well tolerated.


Replied on 7/16/2010

By: General Vascular Surgery Group  |  Michael D. Ingegno, M.D.
Robert O’Neil Gingery, M.D.
Lamont D. Paxton, M.D.

San Ramon, CA


The procedure itself when done, properly is not painful when local anesthesia is propriately given prior to the procedure.. The injection of local does involve usually 2 or three injection of local which can cause some discomfort briefly until the local is fully given.


Replied on 7/16/2010

By: Center for Venous Disease - Glendale  |  David M. Smith, D.O.
Michael A. Herion, M.D.

Glendale, AZ


It is documented that laser ablation is more painful with more post-procedure bruising than VNUS Radiofrequency technology.


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Is there an age limit with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (14 answers)
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Is there an age restriction with endovenous laser ablation? (14 answers)
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Does endovenous laser ablation require multiple treatments? (13 answers)
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Why doesn't Endovenous Laser Ablation laser the lower leg? (13 answers)
If the evlt procedure doesn't alleviate problems in the lower leg do /can you laser the lower leg?

Should I wait to have Endovenous Laser Ablation until I'm finished having kids? (13 answers)
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Is this varicose vein treatable? (13 answers)
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Can you do both legs at the same time? Is it advised? Why? (13 answers)
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Rt leg:
great saphenous- moderate reflux
popliteal - light reflux
Lt leg:
great saphenous- Sever reflux
Superficial Femoral - light reflux
Can you do both legs at same time?

Am I at high risk for varicose veins because I work on my feet all day? Might I need an Endovenous Laser Ablation? (13 answers)
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Is pain two weeks after Endovenous Laser Ablation normal? (13 answers)
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How many times does a physician have to do Endovenous Laser to be proficient? (13 answers)
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Is intense pain normal after laser ablation of great saphenous vein? (13 answers)
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A red spot and bump developed after I drove 24 hours without a compression stocking, could this be a blood clot? (13 answers)
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The leg that was treated with endovenous laser ablation falls asleep soon after sitting down, is this normal? (13 answers)
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I'm having severe pain following an endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (13 answers)
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Is it true that a person can develop lumps in their leg after endovenous laser ablation? (13 answers)


I had EVLA seven months ago and the doctor won't offer any solutions for my symptoms, what should I do? (13 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation on both legs last August, yet the swelling and aching persists long after treatment. The MD who treated me is more or less ignoring the issues. I can't live like this, I am 40 years old. I thought the procedure was suppose to help, not disable me. Are my symptoms normal? What should I do about the unhelpful doctor?

Why wouldn't my veins fully close after endovenous laser ablation? (13 answers)
I had EVLA 8 months ago. My legs are still sore from knee to ankle when light pressure is applied. I had a 7-month ultrasound which shows the veins failed to close from my knee to ankle. I'm 30 yrs old, is this unusual or of concern? What now?

How long can I expect to have bruises after an endovenous laser ablation? (13 answers)


After endovenous laser ablation, when can I resume my workouts on the treadmill, elliptical machine and stairmaster? (12 answers)


How long does ankle and leg swelling last after endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation done 3 weeks ago. There was no significant pain, and the follow up ultrasound that was performed a week later showed no signs of deep vein thrombosis. But, I am experiencing more tightness and swelling in my lower leg and ankle than before the procedure. What does this indicate ?

I have pain and swelling in my ankles/feet 5 months after endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (12 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy 5 mo ago. I have more pain and swelling in my ankles/feet than before treatment. I thought the treatments were supposed to help, but I feel like I am worse off. The doctor does not have answers for me. Is what I am experiencing normal? What should I do?

If my problematic saphenous veins are treated, will my other bulging veins disappear as well? (12 answers)
I am a very active 37-year-old female. I am having bilateral endovenous laser ablation of my saphenous veins. Will my other bulging veins disappear as well? Or, will I need further treatment to remove them later?

How can you tell if a saphenous vein has reopened post-laser surgery? (12 answers)


Could endovenous laser ablation get rid of the swelling I'm having? (12 answers)
I had deep vein thrombosis six years ago. What can I do to get rid of the swelling I still have because my valves are shot? I was told there was a procedure to close off that vein. Could endovenous laser ablation help?

Could my inflamed gums be due to a recent endovenous laser ablation procedure? (12 answers)
I still have pain two months after having an endovenous laser ablation procedure. My doctor says it is inflammation. Could it be something else? What can I do? I have already tried two courses of prednisone. Also, I have been told at my dentist appointments that I have inflamed gums. Could that inflammation be due to the procedure?

Should I still have pain one year after endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
I have a heavy feeling in my groin and legs since the endovenous laser ablation surgery I had a year ago. The pain can be severe on days where I am on my feet a lot. My feet also hurt. All symptoms started right after the ablation. I have been doctoring to find a conclusion. Do you know what's wrong? Are these symptoms normal?

Can I fly on plane for 2.5 hours three days after I've had endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)


How is fluid injected into a vein prior to endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
How many injections are needed for this procedure?

After EVLA it feels like I have a rock in the sole of my foot, how do I get rid of that feeling? (12 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation (EVA) 1 month ago on the back of my knee. I felt a sharp pain to my big toe during the injections and as the laser started, I felt a sharp pain to my small toes and the back of my heel (below the ankle). I had no feeling in my big toe for the first 2 hours. Now, it feels like I have a rock in the sole of my foot. It is also sensitive on the upper skin of my foot. How do I get rid of this feeling?

Can anticoagulants affect the outcome of my endovenous laser ablation procedure? (12 answers)
I plan to have endovenous laser ablation and scherotherapy. Over the years, I have had a few surface blood clots but no deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The doctor plans to have me take Lovenox injections for 5 days around the procedure. Does anticoagulation sound reasonable and will it affect the outcome?

Can you suggest pain relief for foot pain after vein surgery? (12 answers)
I had bilateral RFA of both greater saphenous veins in 2007 and am on coumadin for continued LE ulceration. I have significant foot pain, particularly when I first stand. I wear compression hose. Ideas for relief?

Will skipping the 2nd ablation harm the work done on the 1st leg? (12 answers)
I had my ablation about 10 days ago and I'm still sore. I was scheduled to have the second ablation this week but it's too early for my taste. If I do not have the second one done, do I risk unravelling what I had done on the other leg? Bad idea?

My Dad is considering this procedure, but he is 87 yrs old. Should I be concerned with risks at his age? (12 answers)
My Dad is considering this procedure, but he is 87 yrs old. Should I be concerned with risks at his age?

Is Microphlebectomy always needed after EVLT ? (12 answers)
How long should I wait to see if the veins in my calf will diminish after EVLT? I would like to avoid Microphlebectomy if possible, but will have it done if necessary ?

Do I need a general practitioner referral to have Endovenous Laser Ablation? (12 answers)
I'd like to have the treatment for my varicose veins. Will I need a referral? Will insurance cover the treatment if my GP isn't involved?

How should I choose my Endovenous Laser Ablation provider? (12 answers)
I'm pretty sure I want to have my moderate varicose veins treated with ELA. What should I base my choice of a specialist on? Degrees earned, years of experience, before-and-after pictures, equipment used? What's truly important to a good result?

Lasers for perforators? (12 answers)
Is it is possible for ablating perforators by endovenous lasers?

I have bruising from an EVLT treatment from a year ago, is this normal? (12 answers)
It's been a year since my surgery and I still have bruising. Does that mean it's permanent?

Will Endovenous Laser Ablation improve my circulation? (12 answers)
I have perpetually cold feet and occasional tingling in my feet and ankles. I also have a number of large varicose veins in each leg, so do you think that my circulation in my feet will improve if I have ELA?

What kind of anesthesia is used during EVLT? (12 answers)
Is local, topical, or general anesthesia typically used during this procedure?

Will I be able to drive home after endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
What is recovery like for the first 24 hours after the procedure?

I have pain after EVLT, is that normal? (12 answers)
I had EVLT about 10 days ago , now I have a big knot on my inner thigh and when I touch it, it still hurts , I had a lot of pain the day after the surgery and I couldn't bend my leg. Is this normal?

Can endovenous laser ablation cause Leg Ulcers? (12 answers)
After having the endovenous laser ablation on both legs, I developed large ulcers on one of my legs.
What could have caused this? This has been a very long & painful experience.

What can be done to treat lipodermatosclerosis? (11 answers)
I am about two months into treatment for chronic venous insufficiency? I have had laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy with very little results. Can anything be done to treat lipodermatosclerosis after the veins are treated. I wear compression hose.

Is vein mapping done with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (11 answers)
Is the vein mapping procedure done with Endovenous Laser Ablation?



Is EVLT or RFO the same as Vein Ligating? (11 answers)
I want to know if the 2 procedures listed above is technically the same as ligating?

Can one have EVLT done while pregnant or trying to get pregnant? (11 answers)
Is it possible to have my veins treated with EVLT and phlebectomies and possible foam sclerotherapy now if I am planning to get pregnant again in the future? Do I have to wait until I decide not to have more children?

Should I still have bruises (that never disappear) on the leg that had Endovenous Laser Ablation 10 months ago? (11 answers)
Is this normal?

How much bleeding is expected after ELA? (11 answers)
I just had Endovenous laser ablation and some of my bandages are blood soaked. Is this normal or is something wrong?

Can Endovenous Laser Ablation be used on a Vulvar Vericosity? (11 answers)
Can Endovenous Laser Ablation be used on a Vulvar Vericosity?

How long before I will see an improvement in the ropey appearance of the treated varicose veins? (11 answers)
I have just had the endovenous laser ablation procedure. A lot of the leg discomfort I had before the procedure is gone. How long after treatment will I see an improvement in the ropey appearance of the varicose veins?

How do you treat perforator problems with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (11 answers)
I have distended, ropey veins on the anterior surface of my left calf and have been told that my problem involves the perforator veins. How would you treat this? Would you use traditional laser or "cold" laser?

Can veins come back after Endovenous Laser Ablation? (11 answers)
I had a prominent but otherwise normal blue vein under my right eye removed, and the results were great. I only got one treatment, and then a few weeks later it seems like the blue vein is getting darker, as I can see it again. Is it coming back?

I had EVLT nearly 2 yrs ago on my left GSV. I now have pain & swelling in my left calf. Why? (11 answers)
Could my surgeon have performed surgery on the wrong vein, or has it reopened or do I now have a new insuff.? I am 44, active, slender, healthy, and lately my left calf has begun to swell toward the end of the day. It causes brief stabbing pain occasionally.

How long does pain after EVLT last? (11 answers)
I am just over 2 weeks post EVLT and still have pain. As long as I take an anti-inflammatory the pain subsides. Visually the inner thigh looks good. How much longer will the pain last?

Post Surgery (11 answers)
Is it OK to take Levitra after having this surgery?

Is my ELA medically necessary? Cosmetically, I do not need it. (11 answers)
The duplex scan on both legs revealed a poor return of blood to the heart in one leg, but my doctor has recommended and scheduled ELA on both legs. I do not have any symptoms. Should I have ELA?

Should I get a second opinion? (11 answers)
I have spider veins, but no bulging varicose veins whatsoever. Was told that I have 4 incompetent veins and need the laser treatment. Orig went for the spider veins. Is this necessary? Is there another option other than the laser ablation?

Is there a stem cell treatment for veins after EVLT? (11 answers)
I had gotten EVLT done on my right and left great saphenous veins. This was in 2009, and since then I am having so much pain on my lower calves and ankles, and i started to see some skin discoloration as well. is there a stem cell treatment for veins?

I had ablation surgery 3 weeks ago on my right leg, am I okay to use the tanning bed? (11 answers)
I had ablation surgery 3 weeks ago on my right leg, am I okay to use the tanning bed?

Do I need an Endovenous Vein Ablation for severe edema? (11 answers)
I went to my doctor for severe edema, and after a duplex screen, he suggested I have an edovenous vein ablation. Is this necessary? He stated I had reflux that was causing the swelling. I don't have varicose veins, but he is concerned about clots.

Does EVLT reduce the chance of a future clot? (11 answers)
I developed clots due to the birth control pill and from a Factor V mutation (blood clotting disorder). Developed reflux as a consequence, and performed 4 EVLTs to treat the veins. Does EVLT reduce my chance of getting another clot in the future?

What can I do about a DVT after endovenous surgery? (11 answers)
My surgery was one month ago. I now have a large clinging DVT. I went yesterday for another ultrasound and it is larger and moving. I am taking aspirin as instructed. Too early for blood thinners. When can I expect to get rid of it?

How many hours a day do I have to wear a compression stocking after EVLT? (11 answers)
It has been a week since my EVLT procedure, and I am wondering if I should continue wearing the compression stocking?

Is swelling normal after closing veins with endovenous laser ablation? (11 answers)
I had swelling in my left foot and my doctor confirmed that the valves in two of my veins were not working properly. I had these veins closed with endovenous laser ablation, but four weeks later I still have swelling in my foot that doesn't go away. Is this normal?

What are my risks with EVLA if I have a protein S deficiency? (11 answers)
I'm 42 years old but had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) at age 9. I've had no others since, but have some unsightly veins and edema if I walk/run over a few miles. It also happens sometimes when I am sleeping. I'm a mom of 11-yr old triplets, so even a slight risk scares me. What are the risks with this procedure and are there any particular risks if I have a protein S deficiency?

Can I tan post-radiofrequency ablation? (11 answers)
I had radiofrequency ablation recently - the last procedure was 3 weeks ago. I am now concerned about being in the sun. I have a trip to Mexico in 3 weeks and am concerned about how my skin will react to sun exposure post-procedure. Will tanning permanently change the color of my skin in the treated area?

How long will it take for my EVLA-related symptoms to go away? (11 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation to the great saphenous vein in order to treat my varicose veins. Four months later, I still have some burning, stinging and bruising along the "track" area. Is this normal? I'm beginning to regret having the procedure done. I didn't have these complications before.

The "track" in my leg still feels bruised and stingy 4 months after EVLT, will this go away? (11 answers)
I had laser ablation of the great saphenous vein to help with varicose veins in my shin area. That was on 11/29/12. Nearly four months later, the "track" still feels bruised and stingy at times. Will this ever go away?

My ability to walk is severely limited, am I at greater risk for blood clots following endovenous laser ablation? (11 answers)
I have a bad hip/peripheral neuropathy and can only walk a few feet at a time. Since I am severely limited in my ability to walk, am I at greater risk for blood clots following endovenous laser ablation?

What do I do about my ELA/sclerotherapy-related symptoms? (11 answers)
I had ELA & sclerotherapy on 4 saph veins same day. After a couple of weeks I started experiencing lots of varied burning, pain, pressure tingling, numbness, and throbbing in my legs/feet. The doctor doesn't have answers for me. Why am I worse off and what should I do?

How long should I take off work for the EVLA procedure? When can I resume sex? (11 answers)
I'm a very active 37-year-old female. I will be having bilateral endovenous laser ablation. I have a desk job and am wondering how much time I should take off work after the procedure. How long before I can resume sex?

I have burning pain at my incision site, is this normal? (11 answers)
I have burning pain at my incision site 3 weeks after endovenous laser ablation. It isn't constant, just when it is touched or rubbed. Could this be nerve damage or a hair follicle that is irritated from the incision?

Why do I need to wait two weeks after EVLA to begin lifting heavy weights? (11 answers)
I understand that I should't be working out my legs (squats, etc.), but how would working my upper body have any affect on the success of the endovenous laser ablation? Does it have anything to do with increased heart rate, thus increased blood flow?

Why are varicose veins appearing on the back of my leg following endovenous laser ablation of the greater saphenous veins? (11 answers)
I had ELA of the greater saphenous veins 5 months ago. Since then I have seen more varicose veins appearing on the back of my thigh. Ultrasound revealed that the treated vein has not reopened and there is no insufficiency of the short saphenous.What can it be?

I had vein stripping & endovenous laser ablation to get rid of my varicose veins, but neither have produced good results. Why is this? (11 answers)
I had vein stripping and endovenous laser ablation to get rid of my varicose veins, but both have failed to produce results. I've seen a cardiology doctor and had an ultrasound and vein mapping test. My doctor suggested 2 more treatments on the left leg to resolve the vein swelling and lower redness. I'm very disappointed with the results of the ELA procedure. I've experienced in 11/12 no changes. Why is this?

I have peripheral arterial disease and my ankle-brachial index is < 0.7 in both legs, can I have endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation? (11 answers)


Is it normal to have pain in the lower left arm and numbness in the hands after endovenous laser ablation? Could it be a blood clot? (11 answers)


Following endovenous laser ablation, does my blood clot risk increase if I am thin? (11 answers)
I would like to have endovenous laser Ablation.I have a thin leg. I am 5' 1" and weigh 90 lbs. My doctor said I have a blood clot risk of 1%. Does my blood clot risk grow higher because I am thin, or does thinness have nothing at all to do with clotting?

What are the pros and cons of having EVLA now versus later? (11 answers)
An ultrasound shows I have 5mm-7mm varicosities in my calf w/ reflux. I am mildly symptomatic (heavy, achy). Do I have endovenous laser ablation now, or wait until it gets worse? I would like to hear pros and cons of doing it now vs. waiting. Thanks.

Is burning in the foot normal during the laser portion of EVLA? (11 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation on my left leg yesterday (the right leg will be treated in 5 days). During the laser portion of the procedure there was intense intermittent burning in my foot. I am curious as to whether this experience is common.

Is it normal to have pain and other symptoms when returning to work three weeks after endovenous laser treatment? (11 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment 3 weeks ago. On my first day back to work ( standing job), the pain set in. Is it normal to experience sore, shooting pain, tightness, stinging, and swelling this long after treatment? My skin also feels sensitive, like it's burnt. Did I return to work too soon?

Could the endovenous laser ablation procedure be responsible for my DVT blood clot? (10 answers)
I had an endovenus laser ablation on both legs 2 weeks ago, and 5 days ago I started suffering from a constant cramp in my left calf which was just diagnosed as a deep vein thrombosis blood clot. Could the EVLT procedure be responsible for this clot?

Is it safe to continue taking Beyaz post-ablation? Can the drug lead to DVT? (10 answers)
I had a venous ablation 7 months ago. I'm in pain again and am still wearing compression stockings. I'm seeing my doctor next week, but I was wondering if it's safe to continue taking Beyaz post-ablation. I've been concerned since Beyaz has been linked to DVT.

I have permanent cramping after having an endovenous laser ablation, what should I do? (10 answers)
I had my greater saphenous and the vein around my calf closed a couple of years ago. Now, I get cramping that lasts for weeks after exercise. I've tried massaging the area, staying hydrated, and lowering my sodium intake but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm really frustrated and don't know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?

New veins are appearing after my endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago, what does this mean? (10 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago on my long saphenous vein. Since my surgery, I have noticed more lumpy veins have come up on my leg around my knee and on the front of my leg. The vein that was operated on is gone but more are appearing, what does this mean?

I still have pain 7 months after an endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (10 answers)
I had a bilateral endovenous laser ablation almost 7 months ago and still have some numbness in one of the distal sites. More worrisome are the tender spots on the inside of my legs. It is quite tender to touch, especially if I apply light pressure. Is this normal?

Can veins become varicose again two years after having an endovenous laser ablation and varicocele embolization? (10 answers)
I had a varicocele embolization to treat pain due to a left-sided varicocele. Additionally, I had an endovenous laser ablation to treat painful varicose veins in my left leg. About two years later, I am again having pain in my left leg. Is it possible for the vein to become varicose again, or are other veins at issue?

How can I relieve the pain, tightness and pressure I'm experiencing after endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
Six months ago I had a five-inch section of my great saphenous vein treated with sclerotherapy. The procedure was done above the knee. On the same leg, I also had endovenous laser ablation performed on the lesser saphenous vein from the mid-calf to the knee. Since the procedures, I have pain, tightness and pressure on the inside and back of my knee. It gets worse during and after exercise. What will help?

What happens to the Saphenous Vein below the knee after endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
After the GSV is lasered shut above the knee, the section from the knee to the foot is sore and feels cord or tube-like. How does this pain resolve? Is the lower half of the vein absorbed as well?

More varicose veins appeared after having endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? Can the surfacing varicose veins be related to the procedure? (10 answers)
I am 28 years old and had endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago on both my long saphenous veins. For the past 2 months I have seen more veins appearing on the back of my thigh and feet. Is this normal? Can they be related to the procedure?

I've seen no change in my ELA-related symptom after taking Neurontin, is this normal? (10 answers)
Three years after having an endovenous laser ablation procedure that left my lower leg tingling, I have decided to take Neurontin 100mg 3 /day. It's been 4 days now with no change! Is it normal? I know I can ask my doctor, but I just want your opinion. Thank you.

If something was seriously wrong after EVLA, would I know it? (10 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation to the great saphenous vein 4 months ago and still have some stinging/burning on a daily basis. It more so occurs when standing. If something was seriously wrong would I know it? It is normal to experience unbearable pain, swelling of the leg, throbbing, etc?

How long after laser ablation and also sclerotherapy is it recommended to wait before resuming weight lifting (heavy weights)? (10 answers)


How long will it take for the veins in my legs to disappear after endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
I had an endovenous laser ablation procedure done 5 days ago. I am bruised and extremely sore, even when I walk. I am currently wearing support stockings. Will some of the ugly veins in my legs disappear in due time? It would be depressing if they were still there after going though this pain.

If an EVLA procedure fails, should it be fixed free of charge? (10 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) done 6 months ago and I am still suffering in pain. I believe the vein failed to close completely, as I had a large amount of blood removed 3 months after my procedure. It still feels tight like a cord and I have pain in the same spot. If the specialist did in fact fail at the procedure, should it be fixed free of charge?

How long does it take for a wound and scar to heal post-endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
I had a place on my leg that would profusely bleed before my endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy. I was hoping that the scabbed area would go away, but it's been two weeks since my surgery and although it is not bulging, the area is still dark and has a small scar. How long will it take for the wound to heal and for my scar to disappear?

How long will I have scar tissue after Endovenous Laser Ablation? (10 answers)
I've read that after EVLT, the vein turns into fibrous scar tissue. How bad will it look and how long until my body absorbs it?

should I have muscular pain in my thight in the leg that I had the ablation done on and is there need to call my doctor? (10 answers)
should I have muscular pain in the thigh that I had my ablation done. Is there a need to call my doctor?

Is surgery going to help? (10 answers)
I have severe reflux on both saphenous veins and Femoral vein. Doctor says surgery on saphenous veins is going to help but I don't see how since I still have valve problem on femoral vein, and blood is still going to leak down. Please help me understand.

Vein removal with EVLA? (10 answers)
I have a bulging vein around my knee, and I have a beauty on my calf, plus a another around my groin area, can they be removed with EVLA?

Need to decide between VNUS closure and Endo Laser Ablation (10 answers)
I had my large saphenous vein removed and now I need my smaller saphenous vein removed in R/L and large saphenous in L/L. I Have 2 good doctors and have read that vnus has less bruising. Is it better than ELT?

How long should I wait after the procedure before I start lifting weights and running? (10 answers)
I had the procedure done on one leg 2 weeks ago and the other leg 1 week ago. I usually go to the gym 3 times a week but I haven't gone since I had the 1st procedure done. When is it safe to begin heavy exercising again?

Will vein reappear with a second pregnancy? (10 answers)
After my first child, I suffered from varicose veins. I didn't gain much weight during the pregnancy, but it was mostly due to hormones.
After having EVLA and sclero treatment, I am afraid to have a second child. Will my varicose veins reappear?

Is the endovenous ablation a good alternative to correct poor circulation in the legs after having a DVT? (10 answers)
I am on Coumadin and since I had the DVT in June 09, my quality of life has diminished. If I sit down for an hour and intend to stand u I look like very old lady. It is painful and so tired of my legs and feet, the heel hurts very much.

Is Endovenous Laser Ablation effective in treating lipodermatosclerosis? (10 answers)
Is EVLT recommended for lipodermatosclerosis (LDS)?

Is there a risk to the fetus if we did endovenous ablation while patient was 4-5 weeks pregnant? (10 answers)
The patient was unaware she was pregnant. Also is it protocol to do pregnancy tests on everyone prior to laser?

Is it safe to have VNUS surgery if there is a blockage in the groin area? (10 answers)
Is it adviseable to have VNUS surgery when there is blockage in the groin area? I am very healthy, not overweight & not diabetic.

What is the recurrence rate of varicose veins after endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
What are the odds the veins will come back after treatment?

What complications are involved with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (10 answers)
If I have had large vessels such as the saphenous closed, is there chance of circulatory problems later on?

Can EVLT make your legs look worse? (9 answers)
Is it possible for EVLT to make your legs look worse after the procedure?

Can EVLT cause nerve damage? (9 answers)
I had EVLT done about three months ago..right after the EVLT procedure i started feeling weird sensations in my ankle and now the pain seems to get worse every day? Could this pain be associated with the procedure?

Can varicose veins come back after endovenous laser ablation? (9 answers)
Or does the treatment permanently remove them?

Will endovenous laser ablation really destroy the greater saphenous vein? (9 answers)
Is that going to affect my circulation?

Is it safe to have endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy on the same leg on the same day? (9 answers)
Is it safe to have endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy on the same leg on the same day?

Do two procedures carry more risk if carried out on the same day?

Enlarged greater saphenous around ankle, is EVLT a good option? (9 answers)
I have a painful/enlarged greater saphenous vein along its course to my groin, however most painful near my ankle bone, does EVLT take care of this distal location since the procedure is only done from the knee to the groin for this vein?

Double Saphenous Vein and EVLT. (9 answers)
I had EVLT done in March. I have a double great saphenous vein. They only did one of them. Now my legs feel (and look) worse than they did before the EVLT. I'm switching docs, but what are the chances of EVLT working on the other vein in that leg?

EVLA during pregnancy (9 answers)
What is the risk of performing the procedure while pregnant. I am a surgeon pregnant (2nd tri) with my second. The pain is so great from LSV reflux that I cannot stand or operate. I am looking for answers as to what has been reported about complications.

what is considered 'normal' bruising 5 days post EVLT (9 answers)
EVLT 5 days ago GSV. No serious pain yet. Compression stocking to come off tomorrow, but bruising seems excessive with dark patches and tenderness to touch. I was told to use heating pad, and now I'm reading not to do that. What should I do?

When can I start running after I have this procedure? (9 answers)
I am 52 and 130 lbs. I have been running 2-3 times a week since 2006. I run between 5-26.2 miles at a time. I am healthy otherwise besides being on medication for high blood pressure.

ELA with Factor V Leiden disorder (9 answers)
Are there higher risks for a patient with Factor V Leiden during the endovenous laser ablation procedure?

Why has EVLT not improved my chronic leg swelling? (9 answers)
It's been 4 wks since I had EVLT and Phlebectomy of my left leg. I continue to have the same chronic, daily leg swelling that I did before treatment. I have a follow-up appt in 3 mths but I am less than optimistic. What should I expect next?

Are long periods of standing after EVLA safe? (9 answers)
My job (bar manager) requires me to stand for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy objects (but not for sustained periods.) I am 25 and in good shape, leg is healing with no pain after 2 days. Is it safe to return to work on the 4th day?

Are bulging veins at the knee after GSV normal and will they go away? (9 answers)
I had GSV laser done eight days ago. Now there are bulging veins at the knee and below. Will these go away? I am scheduled for the lower SAF procedure as well.

I had an injury two weeks after endovenous laser ablation, will everything be OK? (9 answers)
I had the endovenous laser ablation done 14 days ago. Recently, I was playing around with my kids and stomped my foot really hard. Now there is a really sore spot and my leg has a burning sensation all over again. Should I be concerned? My doctor told me to place a warm compress on it.

My leg still looks the same as it did before the endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (9 answers)
I am concerned that my procedure did not go as planned. The day after having an endovenous laser ablation my leg still looked the same. Is this normal? How long before I see cosmetic improvement?

Do I have nerve damage? If so, can it be repaired? (9 answers)
On Jan 18, 2013, I had a varicose vein procedure done. Right after I got home, the pain was so debilitating. I had sharp shooting pain from my knee up to my thigh on my right leg. My doctor stated he did not know why this hurt so much and sent me to my doctor.

I may have phlebitis and blisters 1 yr after endovenous laser ablation, are these complications of the procedure? (9 answers)
I have reddish-brown marks, which I suppose is phlebitis. I also have several blisters along my leg. All of this is happening one year after having endovenous laser ablation. Are these complications of the procedure? My looks worse now. Why would this occur?

I had endovenous laser ablation 3 months ago but still have groin pain and some numbness after exercising, should I be concerned? (9 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation 3 months ago but still have groin pain after I exercise. In addition, I also occasionally have a heavy or numb feeling in the leg. It goes away 1-2 days after the exercise that triggered it. Should I be concerned? Why is this happening?

Why am I having pain and aches present so long after endovenous laser treatment? (9 answers)
I had slcerotherapy and an endovenous laser ablation on both my greater saphenous vein and lesser saphenous vein 7 months ago. Since then I have been more symptomatic and have continual aches/throbbing in one leg. The Dr. is unable to help. I saw a 2nd Dr. who said my treated veins were nearly all open or partly occluded. He suggested I wait 6-12 months to reevaluate. Both doctors are certified. What should I do?

Would it be wise to wait on ELA to see if my leg symptoms ever get worse? Can I start with sclerotherapy for now? (9 answers)
I feel I'm being rushed into getting an endovenous laser ablation. I've been diagnosed with grade 2 venous problems. Also, my symptoms are mild and my reticular and spider veins are both less than 4mm. Can I wait on ELA until my symptoms get worse? Will sclerotherapy do for now?

Will my symptoms and venous problems clear up with endovenous laser ablation? Should I wait for treatment? (8 answers)
Bluish reticular veins have appeared over 1 year, just in the front and top of the right thigh. They travel in different directions. I was diagnosed with a grade 2, venous dilation, and venous insufficiency greater that 2 seconds a junction (so RGSV positive). I have mild symptoms. Will my symptoms and venous problems clear up with ELA? Should I wait to get treatment?

My leg is extremely itchy and uncomfortable one week after endovenous laser ablation, what should I do? (8 answers)


Why do I have pain behind my left knee (back of leg, not kneecap)? (8 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment last week (~50 cm strip behind my left leg, 72 hr f/u sono and no clotting evident). Bruising is resolving nicely but the entry point for the laser fiber is sore and painful. Should I be concerned about nerve damage?

Is it safe to take the morning-after pill (Plan B) one to two weeks after endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy? (8 answers)


I have red streaks that look like scratches, could it be related to the endovenous laser treatment I had? (8 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation performed on both legs. I flew 2 hours and the next day I was in the car for several hours. In both instances I wore compression hose. Now, however, I have red streaks that look like scratches on the back of both my thighs. Are the scratches related to the laser treatment? Or, could they be due to the compression stockings?

Eight weeks after laser surgery, my leg still hurts when I run. How long will it take for my leg to heal and when can I get back to my normal run? (8 answers)


I had severe groin pain after endovenous laser ablation, should I worry? (8 answers)
During an endovenous laser ablation treatment, the doctor said my veins were large and that he had to juice up the energy from 50 to 90. I paged the doctor that night because I was having severe groin pain. After an ultrasound, he told me to take one aspirin a day. Should I be worried? The closing at the vein is .25 centimeters away from the deep vein. I tried to ask the doctor and he quickly changed the subject.

Is Endovenous Laser Ablation necessary? (8 answers)
Originally went to get checked out about my spider veins & was told that I have 4 incompetent veins & need the laser treatment. Didn't give me any info/explanation of their findings. Not even sure what they mean. I'm completely lost, please help! (27 and never had kids)

What are the short & long term risks of this procedure? (8 answers)
I had the Endovenous laser treatment on my upper leg,(long Saph?)Doctor wants me to do all four, I'm questioning if I really need all of that done. Can this cause me harm in the short or long term?

After 2 weeks post EVLT, the doctor said I needed to redo the procedure? (8 answers)
I had EVLT preformed 3 weeks ago. When I went for the 2 week follow-up ultrasound it showed that the vein was still open and doctor said he needed to redo the procedure. Please advise - I thought this was a one-time procedure.

Driving after having endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
When may I start driving after my venous procedure? I had ELA 10 days ago on right leg.

EVT after varicose vein surgery (8 answers)
I had varicose vein surgery (ligation and stripping) 10 years ago. My problems came back and I've had many rounds of sclerotherapy. Now my doctor recommends EVT. Is that OK?

Karate & kickboxing after EVLA and Sclerotherapy (8 answers)
I had EVLA done on 3 veins recently. I know 1 was the small saph., the other two names I am not sure. Also had sclerotherapy on both legs. When can I go back to karate and kickboxing. We do kick pads pretty hard. Training for my black belt!

Is it possible to only do a partial ablation of the greater saphenous vein? (8 answers)
Is it possible to only do a partial ablation of the greater saphenous vein?

Is thera any chance of getting traveling blood clots after this procedure?? (8 answers)
Is there any chance of getting traveling blood clots after this procedure??

I had this procedure done in March. My leg feels better, even though I know I'm still healing. But the past couple of days I haven't been feeling well....tired, and my chest is achy..just afraid the pain may be the result of a traveling clot..


Can you get bone irritation after the Endovenous Laser Ablation? (8 answers)
Is this a normal side-effect?

Is it normal for new veins to appear in my leg after endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy? (8 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy but I keep spotting new veins appearing in my leg. Is this normal?

I should mention that I suffered from phlebitis in this leg following surgery and it has never felt the same since as it aches and feels heavy. I have new veins in my upper thigh and calf. What should I do?

Thoughts on going to the tanning salon before this procedure? (8 answers)
Is it ok to go to a tanning salon before this procedure? I use the stand up bed, I have arthritis, and find that the tanning makes me feel a lot better.

Confused, not noticing improvement (8 answers)
I had minor reflux, but my reticular leg veins swell especially late in the day. I had 4 EVLTs, and the swelling is still there. The doc said I don't need sclero because the branches aren't open and don't need treatment. Why am I not seeing results?

Sapheno Femoral Junction? (8 answers)
Can a laser effectively occlude an incompetent Sapheno femoral Junction? If it does, which modality is better; Diode or NdYag?

What qualifications are required for a specialist performing endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
I'm interested in having the procedure done. What should I look for in a specialist? What kind of training and/or degrees are required to be qualified to perform vein procedures?

How is veinwave different from endovenous ablation? (8 answers)
What makes this product unique?

Is surgery really necessary for varicose veins? (8 answers)
Are endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation suitable for varicose veins in the upper part of the thigh? I consulted my surgeon for alternative techniques, he said sclerotherapy would not work. Would these other two methods be suitable?

Does endovenous laser ablation damage the saphenous vein? (7 answers)
I’ve heard that endovenous laser treatments actually remove or destroy the saphenous vein in the leg. Is this true, and will I still get enough blood circulation to the legs if this large vessel is removed?

What are the resrictions after Endovenous Laser Ablation? (7 answers)
Can you please detail some of the restrictions after EVLT?

Are risks of complications during pregnancy higher after having endovenous laser ablation? (7 answers)
I had this surgery a year ago, then again 4 days ago because the first one was not successful. I would like to get pregnant in the next could of months, but an worried about clots. Should I be, or are there other risks?

How many times can you do EVLT on same leg? (7 answers)
I had 3 laser surgeries done on left leg in 2006.It helped tremendously.I had much pain swelling etc. off and on for years until I did this.Well now I have some new vein problem in same leg.Right now I have superficial phlebitis in the left leg

Sciatic issues? (7 answers)
Someone posted about buttock/leg/foot numbness after EVLT. In someone with venous hypertension is it possible that removing superf. veins can increase vein pressure in the deep veins, causing pressure against the sciatic nerve and numbness?

Is numbness in both feet caused by ELT and how long will this last? (7 answers)
I had ELT done on my left leg. At first it was quite painful for about 2 weeks post procedure a month later had the Right leg done 2 days after pocedure I developed numbness in buttocks that radiates down both legs into my feet, it is very annoying feeling.

Endovenous Ablation and subsequent pregnancies. (7 answers)
I developed varicose veins during my 2nd pregnancy and have consulted with a physician regarding endovenous laser ablation. We would like to try for another baby after the procedure. How long should I wait to get pregnant after the procedure?

Is it possible the procedure would fail because the vein is thin or curved? (7 answers)
Could it be possible to not get through the vein because of it being thin or curved?

Proceedure affected my large saphenus vein (7 answers)
I have the laser proceedure done on my small saphenus vein. The Ultrasound results shows there is reflux in my large saphenus vein which was not there prior to the proceedure. Should i have my large saphenus vein treated also. Is there a risk?

What's the maxium size vien allowed for this procedure? Using the laser at 12 watts. (7 answers)
Should we increase the watts to compensate for a big vien?

Will the general anesthesia used in laser vein surgery hurt my fetus? (7 answers)
I had a laser treatment done on a deep vein when I was 4 weeks pregnant and did not know I was. I am now 23 weeks and am nervous that the general anesthesia at such a early time in gestation will cause long term effects.

Dimpling after EVLT (7 answers)
I noticed a large dimple on my leg after deep EVLT. Is this common and will it go away? The Dr. had a difficult time with the vein because it was so deep, and he struggled getting me numb. I bruised severely.

Can serrapeptase help resolve scar tissue after EVLT? (7 answers)
I am healing well after endovenous laser ablation (EVLT), except there is a small tender lump where vein was removed. My doctor said it is scar tissue they checked it on ultrasound. He recommends massage. I've read about serrapeptase. Is that safe to use?

Is it common to only receive microphlebectomy and no ablation? (7 answers)
I just had venous ablation and microphlebectomy on my left leg. As for the right leg, I ONLY had microphlebectomy. The doctor did not perform a venous ablation on that leg because he does believe the varicosities on my right leg are from reflux of the greater saphenous vein. What else could be the cause on my right leg? Is it common to only receive microphlebectomy and no ablation?

Is it normal for my foot and leg to cramp after endovenous laser treatment? (7 answers)
Six weeks ago I had an endovenous laser treatment on the saphenous vein in my left leg. While I've been walking OK, I tend to get cramps/hot sensation in my foot and leg, especially at night. Is this normal?

How long will my feet and ankles be swollen after endovenous laser ablation? (7 answers)


I recently had clots in my femoral and superficial veins, should I be worried? (7 answers)
I recently had clots form in my femoral and superficial veins, which was noted on my weekly follow up. Although I was given Lovenox injections, I'm still freaking out. Should I be concerned?

Is it normal to have progressive pain and tightness two weeks after EVLA? (6 answers)
I was told to wear compression stockings for two weeks after the endovenous laser ablation and now when I take them off the muscles are painful and there is tightness in one leg and a sharp pain behind the knee. Is this normal?

I still have pain 7 weeks after endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy, why is this? (6 answers)
I had EVLT on the saphenous vein in my thigh 7 weeks ago and schlerotherapy in my calf. I still have deep aching, burning, tightness in thigh and thrombophlebitis in my calf. Deep vein thrombosis was ruled out by blood test. The consultant I have been working with cannot explain why I am continuing to have so much pain. Do you know why this could be happening?

My legs are numb and tingly after having EVLT and sclerotherapy, will these feelings ever go away? (6 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy performed on both the greater and lessor saphenous veins of my legs. It was done on the same day. After a couple of weeks I started feeling numbness and tingling in my legs, mostly below the knee and through my feet. Will the feelings ever go away?

I will have a surgery to repair my torn meniscus, how long after the procedure can I have EVLT? (6 answers)
I had vein stripping 10 years ago. I have venous insufficiency and stasis dermatitis. I wear compression hose. I will have orthoscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in March. How long should I wait for EVLT?

Is it possible to have too many veins treated by way of EVLA? (6 answers)
I'm 30 years old and went in for ultrasound. Apparently, I have about 6 veins in each leg that need to be lasered. They said both GSVs and SSVs, along with some tributaries and perforators. After the lasers, injections will be done. Is this too much?

Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (6 answers)
Does EVLT for superficial phlebitis also help with post-thrombotic syndrome in a deep vein? Is ultrasound of deep and superficial systems routinely performed before deciding on EVLT? Thanks.

Could I have endovenous laser ablation? (6 answers)
I recently had massive blood clots in the left leg, becasue of inactivity in the other leg, it was in cast. My body has now absorbed the blood clots and i am still on comadine/warfin until December 2011 this year.

Sclerotherapy post ELA (6 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation of saphenous vein, and now I'm told I need 3 sclerotherapy sessions. is this so? only one is covered by my insurance. I was told that only having 1 could be harmfull, is this true?

Does having EVLT for leg veins make dorsal superficial foot veins disappear as well? (6 answers)
Just wondering about this, since the greater and lesser saphenous veins seem to receive the superficial foot veins on top of the foot, and I have enlarged ones.Thank you!

Ankle redness and pain after EVLT (6 answers)
I had an ablation done on my right gr. saph. vein 1 month ago. Symptoms before were swelling with the gr.saph. vein and others. After having the ablation, I still have some swelling, pain, and also redness around the ankle upon standing I've never had before.

Ankle swelling and numbness (6 answers)
I had endovenous laser of my lower right leg on 4/28 and still have significant pain and swelling in my ankle. I also have the numbness, but I understand that the nerve is involved and hopefully it will heal.

Serious problems associated with EVLA (6 answers)
I recently have EVLA done 3 times and have had serious side effects and want to know is this normal? I had a hematoma on one leg and excessive swelling on the other leg and extreme pain in both and really need your advice?

How long before you see the results with ELA? (6 answers)
Had the procedure Friday. Removed the stocking Monday evening. I still see bumps in my leg. Will that get better?

Can you explain the cause of two phenomena that occur during the endovenous laser procedure? (6 answers)
What causes the "garlic taste" in your mouth during the endovenous laser ablation? What causes the "water dripping sensation" when the doctor is doing the tumescence?

Sharp stabbing pains in my leg! (6 answers)
I have sharp stabbing pains in my leg. It's very painful and the Motrin did not help. I was in tears! This went on for a couple of days. The pain is on my right leg and my left leg isn't painful at all. What could this be?

Different causes for bulging veins? (5 answers)
I had minor vein reflux. My veins stand out at the end of the day in several spots in front of thighs (look like cellulite but are not) After 4 EVLTs two months ago on both legs, the swelling is still there. What can cause them to swell other than reflux?

Outcomes with Microphlebectomy/EVLT? (5 answers)
I have dorsal foot varicosities, as well as varicose GSV and LSV's receiving these veins. Has anyone done microphlebectomy of the foot veins (with/out EVLT) and had more good than bad experiences with this procedure here? Thank you!

I had a large vein in my leg ablated 8 months ago and it still is ropey and painful. Is this normal? (5 answers)
It hurts when I sit or stand and is tender to touch. I had a blood clot in the vein when the procedure was done.

Side effects of drinking after EVLA? (5 answers)
What are the side effects of drinking alcohol after my evla?

Is this pain normal after EVLA and sclerotherapy? I have not been able to resume what I would consider normal activities. (4 answers)
Had EVLA on my right saphenous vein 3 1/2 weeks ago. After 1 week it started to feel good, then hurt for 2-3 days, then started to feel good again.I had foam sclerotherapy performed on the same leg/thigh 9 days ago and it's hurt on/off ever since.

Tendon pain after ablation. (4 answers)
I've had ELA on both legs. I have some tendon pain on going up from my feet to the insides of each leg. Is this a side effect?

What is the relationship between high blood pressure and endovenous laser ablation? (4 answers)
My blood pressure was normal until the endovenous procedure. Immediately following the procedure my blood pressure became very elevatated. My blood pressure has remained high ever since. Now taking high blood pressure medication since this procedure.

Can vena saphena magna and parva be ablated in one procedure? (4 answers)
can vena saphena magna and parva be ablated in one procedure? Or do they need to be treated separately?

Numbness and Pain (4 answers)
I have pain in my calf ,numbness in my ankle, and also get sharp elecrical-like pains down my achilles tendon when I kick my leg. I had the procedure 3 weeks ago. I also have horrible discoloration on my calf, which resulted after post-injecions

Is an interventional radiologist ok in my case? (4 answers)
I am a 54 year old female approximately 75 pounds overweight. Had a spontaneous dvt in my left leg 16 years ago. I had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 1.5 yrs ago in my right leg, after that I had a small pulmonary embolism in my right lung. Now I am a "lifer" on Coumadin. Is it ok to have EVLA while on meds?

Should I have radiofrequency ablation on both legs if only one is symptomatic? (4 answers)
I have a bulging vein on my right calf (right leg reflux is 0.4-4.2; size 4.8-13.2mm). I have no symptoms on left leg (reflux is 0.54-1.9 and size 2.2-9.3mm). My doctor wants to do an ablation on both legs. Do I really need to have my left leg done if I have no symptoms?

I am an 88 year old female who is terrified of having EVLA treatment, should I just finish my days without this procedure? (4 answers)
I am to have laser treatment on my feet. I am an 88 year old female and am terrified of having the EVLA procedure. Can I go without the treatment and live the rest of my life with painful, burning, swollen feet? I am currently taking pain medicine, water and potassium.

How are my veins connected and will the ELA procedure benefit me? (4 answers)
I was diagnosed with venous reflux of the GSV, but my biggest varicose vein is on the other side of my leg. I am 23 y/o and I don't know if I should do the treatment or not. I do have some veins showing along where my GSV is, but they're not bulging. Will endovenous laser ablation benefit me? How are my veins connected?

Is the advice my doctor is giving me valid? (4 answers)
One yr after saphenous vein ablation and phlebectomy below knee, an ultrasound shows areas of vein still open and many new small red veins at my knee. The Dr said leave alone and won't touch the other abnormal leg. Apparently, the veins are too wide for a catheter. Is his advice valid? Also, is Serrapeptase OK for the heart?

A lot of pain after surgery on my calf. (3 answers)
I had my treatment done last week, and I have a lot of pain on my calf and tingling feeling from my lower calf to my ankle. Is this normal?

Is it possible to reverse endovenous laser treatment? (1 answer)
I had both saphenous veins in my right leg treated with EVLT and sclerotherapy 6 months ago. The pain and discomfort has increased and are constant post-treatment. Is it possible to reverse treatment and go back to where I was which was better than now? If not, what are my options?

How long do I have to wait before I can fly after having endovenous laser ablation? (1 answer)


Why am I having pain one year after endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy? (1 answer)
I had endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy 1 year ago due to a collapsed vein in my calf. I started having pain that concentrates in the calf but shoots up along my leg into the groin area with no redness or bumps. What could be causing this?

immediate swelling behind knee on standing (0 answers)
I had EVLT (including perferator veins) 1week ago. When I stand, there is an immediate swelling behind the knee. It also happens when I raise my leg. Is all of this normal after the procedure?

Why am I still in pain after endovenous laser ablation? (0 answers)
I am a 16-year-old who had both GSV veins lasered this year because the veins had no valves in them. This procedure was to help with my pain, but it hasn't. I have severe cramping and pain in both legs from thighs to feet.

My doctor only treated my vein from the groin to the knee, is this OK? Should he have treated the entire vein? (0 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment on my saphenous vein. The doctor said he only treated it from the groin to knee, not to ankle. He said that should be enough to stop the blood flow. Is this OK, or should he have treated the entire vein?

Is it normal to develop a superficial blood clot after endovenous laser ablation? (0 answers)
My saphenous vein was treated with endovenous laser ablation at the knee, is it normal to get a superficial clot? How long do they take to reabsorb? Can anything besides blood thinners speed the healing process? Are compression stockings useful?

Are there any studies that suggest that artificial valves are safe and effective? (0 answers)
Is it possible to repair valves? If so, is the procedure safe and effective? A new artificial valve was approved for treatment in Germany about a year ago. Are there any studies about it?

I've tried a number of venous procedures but I still have severe swelling of my ankle and foot, why might I still be having complications? (0 answers)
After 3 years, I still have severe swelling of my ankle and foot. I had endovenous laser ablation, vein stripping, and foam sclerotherapy. Ultrasound shows no more vein involvement and I have been tested for lymphedema. Do you know why I might be having complications? Any treatment suggestions?

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