Varicose Vein Removal FAQs

Varicose Vein Treatment FAQs

We offer comprehensive treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. Scroll down to see some of our answers to commonly asked questions and get the information you need on different vein therapies we offer:

What does EVLT stand for?

Endovenous Laser Treatment.

What does RF stand for?

Endovenous Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation

What is VenaSeal™?

Endovenous Medical Adhesive

Will I have to check into the hospital for this procedure?

No, the varicose vein treatments offered in our office are minimally invasive procedures performed in our actual office.

How long does it take?

You are typically in and out of the office within 1-2 hours.

Do I have to be sedated for this procedure?

No, the procedures are done with a local anesthetic.

I am very nervous about having a procedure. How can I alleviate my nervousness?

An oral anti-anxiety pill (Valium) will be prescribed for you to take just prior to the procedure if you prefer. You will need transportation to the office if you choose this option.

What do I need to do to prepare?

We encourage that you drink plenty of liquids prior to the procedure so you are not dehydrated. We ask that you refrain from drinking caffeine the day of the procedure; it can constrict the veins.

Does it hurt?

You will feel the placement of the local anesthetic. It feels like a pinch and a slight sting for a moment. It works very rapidly. You may experience a sour taste in the back of your mouth for a few seconds as the laser treatment is being started. It disappears rapidly.

Will I have pain afterwards?

Your pain should be very minimal; we recommend Tylenol or ibuprofen for post-procedural discomfort. Will I have any restrictions? For EVLT and RF you will have some restrictions.  You may resume normal activities as tolerated. You may wish to take it easy the first day. We recommend relaxing and elevating your feet for 15-20 minutes. A compression stocking is required for two weeks. We ask that you avoid hot tubs for the first few days. For VenaSeal™, you can resume normal activity immediately and you ar