D r.Moshfegh offers advanced vein care, including endovenous ablation treatments, better known as varicose vein treatments, for men and women throughout the Beverly Hills, West Hills, and North Hollywood, CA, areas to help reduce discomfort and improve the appearance of areas affected by painful, swollen and unsightly varicose veins.
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What is endovenous ablation?
Endovenous ablation uses a thin fiber inserted inside the affected vein to damage the interior lining of the vein so it closes off to blood flow. Different types of endovenous ablation are available, including laser (EVLA), radiofrequency (RF) ablation and Clarivein®, which uses a special solution to eliminate varicose veins.
What is the endovenous ablation procedure like?
Prior to treatment, the vein will be marked and a local anesthetic may be given to numb the area. A tiny incision or “nick” will be made to allow the special fiber to be inserted to the affected area. The procedure itself takes about an hour to perform, and most patients report very little to no discomfort.
What happens to the damaged vein after the procedure?
Over time, your body will absorb the vein tissue. Your circulation will naturally reroute itself to neighboring healthy veins right after the procedure, so blood flow will not be compromised once the damaged vein is closed off.
What is the recovery process like?
After the endovenous ablation procedure, gauze will be placed against the incision site to keep it clean and a compression bandage will be applied. This bandage compresses tissues to help speed healing and reduce swelling and fluid buildup. Once the bandage is removed during your follow-up visit, you’ll need to wear compression hose for two or more weeks as your body recovers. Immediately after the procedure, you’ll be encouraged to walk to aid circulation and reduce fluid that can cause swelling and impede healing. And residual discomfort may be treated with an over-the-counter NSAID such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Daily walking is necessary to help with healing, but vigorous activity such as jogging or swimming should be avoided for about two weeks. Most patients return to work the next day.