Common Questions and Answers
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Minimally Invasive Procedures
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Patients report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure.
Q: How quickly can I resume normal activity?
A: Patients are walking immediately following the procedure, and patients typically resume normal activities within one day.
Q: How soon will my symptoms improve?
A: Many patients notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness and fatigue. The full benefits of the procedure may take 1-2 weeks.
Q: Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
A: Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the procedure.
Q: How are these procedures different from vein stripping?
A: During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein to pull the vein out of the leg. With minimally invasive procedures, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach eliminates pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.
Q: What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?
A: These procedures treat diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels should bypass surgery be necessary.
Q: Are these procedure covered by insurance?
A: Most major health insurers cover the minimally invasive vein treatment procedures. Your physician can discuss your coverage further at the time of the consultation.
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