Font Size: Increase | Decrease

How much pain will I be in after my vein procedure?

This question was asked in Irvine, California and has 10 answer(s) as of 06/03/2013.
How much pain will I be in after my vein procedure?


Doctors Answers (10)

Most people experience some degree of pain after a vein treatment session. Injections (sclerotherapy) often are accompanied by itching/burning/cramps for a few minutes after the last injection. A few days later, often there are small tender bumps (trapped bloods) or tenderness in diffuse areas. Bruising is very common. In the case of larger vein problems, laser is used to treat underlying 'trunk' veins. Varying degrees of pain can occur from the multiple anesthesia injection sites and tissue damage characterized by tenderness along the treated vein. In a few days, as the vein contracts/scarring begins, often a pulling sensation/stiffness takes place along the treated vein. Swelling of the ankles may also occur. By 2 weeks, most of these symptoms have improved significantly or are gone. Bottom line, if the aftercare instructions are followed, the above mentioned complaints are significantly minimized. In the end, the short lived treatment related discomforts are quite limited compared to the many years of pain (physical and mental) of having suffered from untreated varicose vein disease.

Most patients have minimal pain after treatment. In fact most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities with very little restrictions. You should however, expect some bruising and tenderness in the areas treated and in some rare cases pain mediation may be needed.

There are a number of different vein procedures that are all done in the office with either local anesthetics (tumescent lidocaine), or do not need any numbing agents at all and use only very fine needles.After treatment discomfort depends on the procedure(s) that are done - but typically vein procedures are considered to have "no down-time" and no changes in normal activities or work. Discomfort may include mild temporary soreness or itching. Soreness is best treated with increased walking and if needed use over the counter ibuprofen or alleve, and anti-histamines such as claritin for itching. Most patients do not use or need any pain medications after vein procedures.

The vast majority of patients do extremely well after their laser vein procedures. Their pain is minimal and they resume normal activities in 1-2 days post-procedure. For the minority of patients who experience some pain / discomfort, Ibuprofen (eg Advil or Motrin) is all that is needed for 1-2 days.

If you are having radiofrequency closure or laser vein ablation the pain can vary depending on how close the vein is to your skin. Normally you will feel some tenderness, pulling and bruising along the distribution of the vein for several days after. It is possible to have numbness along the distribution of the vein for up to a year after (this is rare). If you are having sclerotherapy, you often feel tender lumps for several weeks to months after depending on the size of the veins injected.

Most people use Tylenol or Ibuprofen following vein procedures. You can return to work the same day. The new procedures for veins do not cause much discomfort.

Most modern vein treatment techniques have little or no pain afterwards. It also depends on the skill of the vein surgeon, the extent of the procedure, and the patient's pain threshold. At VEINatlanta, we use tumescent anesthesia (local anesthesia), and we perform RF Closure (Venefit), EVLT (laser), ambulatory micro-phlebectomy, and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy. The majority of patient do not need to take any pain medication after the procedure, and if they do, ibuprofen is usually enough.

The degree of discomfort after a vein procedure depends on the procedure performed, the patient's sensitivity to pain, and a variety of other variables. Most of our thermal ablation patients and microphlebectomy patients need little, if any, narcotics after the procedures. Many return to work the next day and the vast majority return to work within two to four days.

We did a study and the average rating was less than 1 on scale of 1-10 . that is on average hardly noticeable discomfort. many people describe it as mild tightness or pulling felling.

Very little.

Disclaimer: The information found on this website is intended to be general medical information; it is not a medical diagnosis or medical advice. Specific medical advice can only be given with full knowledge of all of the facts and circumstances of your health situation. You should seek consultation with a doctor familiar with your medical condition. Posting a question on this website does not create a doctor-patient relationship. All questions you post will be available to the public; do not include confidential information in your question.