Common Questions

Common Questions About Superficial Reflux Disease

Is the laser ablation procedure painful?
Patients report feeling a little, if any, during and after procedure.
How quickly can I resume normal activity?
Patients are walking immediately following the procedure, and typically resume non-strenuous, normal activities within one day.
How soon will my symptoms improve?
Many people notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness, and fatigue. The full benefits of treatment may take several weeks.
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
Persons report minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the ablation and vein treatment procedures.
How is the ablation procedure different from the old surgical technique?
During vein stripping, multiple incisions are made and a stripper tool is threaded through to pull the vein out of the leg. With the ablation procedure, only one small puncture 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 surgery.
What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?
The vein treatment procedures treat diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels if bypass is necessary.
Is the ablation procedure covered by health insurance?
Medicare and most major insurers cover the procedures when medically indicated.

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