Treatments

At Yale Cardiovascular, Dr Robert Attaran has experience with a number of state-of-the-art, non-surgical, minimally invasive techniques to treat venous disease.

Some of these are discussed in the FAQs section.

Post Procedure Instructions

After Ablation

Your leg will be wrapped immediately after the procedure. We recommend that you sleep with the wrap and remove it the following day. After you bathe/shower, you can put on your compression stockings. Compression stockings are not an absolute must but are recommended after such procedures because they can reduce discomfort and swelling. You can take ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.

Ideally, we would suggest wearing compression stockings, during waking hours, for up to 2 weeks, after a radiofrequency ablation.

Everyone is recommended to have an ultrasound scan about 1 week after the ablation to rule out DVT (blood clot). This will be ordered right after your procedure.

You can walk immediately after the ablation. Many patients drive themselves to and from the procedure. However, we advise against heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the first week.

You should expect to experience soreness, swelling and bruising in the thigh, particularly in the first week. Gradually the treated vein breaks down and is absorbed by the body. The benefits of the procedure can be felt within the first two weeks, but symptoms such as heaviness, discoloration and skin thickness can continue to improve over several months thereafter.

Dr. Attaran will normally request a follow-up visit 3-4 weeks after a procedure.

After Sclerotherapy

Your leg may be wrapped after the procedure to reduce possible swelling. We recommend that you sleep with the wrap and remove it the following day. After you bathe/shower, you can put on your compression stockings.

Compression stockings are not mandatory after sclerotherapy, but if tolerated, can reduce swelling and discomfort. We recommend that you wear them, during waking hours, for at least 2 and ideally 7 days post procedure. It is better to avoid excessive sun exposure in the first week after sclerotherapy.

The treated veins will typically appear darker and will feel harder. Sometimes they’ll feel tender and lumpy. Over weeks and even months (for large varicose veins) they will typically shrink and fade.

Dr. Attaran will normally request a follow-up visit around 4 weeks after a sclerotherapy procedure.