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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Endovenous ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, twisted veins in your legs that bulge out under your skin. Endovenous ablation may help treat pain, discolored skin, or ulcers in your leg that are caused by varicose veins.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- You have trouble breathing.
Seek care immediately if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your leg feels warm, tender and painful.
- Any part of your leg is numb or pale to the touch.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or you have a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need any of the following:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Care for your wound as directed:
Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. Check your incision for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or pus.
- Stay active. Do not spend too much time sitting or standing. Take short walks throughout the day. Walking will improve blood flow and prevent blood clots in your leg. Ask your healthcare provider how much activity you need to do every day.
- Wear compression stockings or bandages as directed. The stockings and bandages are snug and put pressure on your legs. This improves blood flow and helps prevent clots.
- Apply a warm compress as directed. A warm compress can be a small towel or washcloth. Moisten it in warm (not hot) water. Apply the warm compress to your leg. A warm compress may help with discomfort from injury to your vein during the procedure.
- Elevate your leg above the level of your heart when you are not moving. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your leg on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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