Is laser vein ablation necessary if you have no symptoms? (Photo)
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Laser vein ablation: is it necessary
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See a vein specialist.
Venous Insufficiency procedures not recommended if you have no symptoms
Venous insufficiency procedures should be done for symptoms.
If you don't have symptoms, don't have ablations done - VNUS Closure, EVLT laser ablation, ClariVein, VenaSeal or Varithena ....
Symptoms for venous insufficiency should be for 1 or more of these 11 listed - aching and pain in the legs, heaviness of the legs, tired legs, itching or burning near clusters of veins, cramping and throbbing legs, restless legs and finally swelling (ankles, legs).
Most patients have symptoms and varicose veins, reticular veins and spider veins.
I would wait to have endovenous ablation procedures until you have symptpms.
There is a small risk of getting a blood clot and if you were to be that unlucky person, you may have to remain on blood thinners for life. It would imply that a person with NO symptoms now has to be on blood thinners.
You wouldn't sign up for coronary artery bypass surgery or coronary artery stenting if you had minimal coronary artery disease, would you ?
You wouldn't have a breast biopsy if the mammogram showed a completely benign lesion, would you ?
Read my books about venous insufficiency.
I have done over 25,000 ablation procedures and I recommend for you not to have ablations and for the doctor to follow you once a year and to perform the laser procedures IF and WHEN symptoms develop.
My ebooks are free access on the link below.
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If a patient is completely asymptomatic and not having any swelling, skin changes or impending ulcers, it is safe to just watch the patient with annual ultrasounds. In my experience though, many patients are not aware of the symptoms of venous reflux disease. They may not realize that they actually do have some symptoms (ex: restless legs, night cramps) which they don't attribute to vein disease.
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