Pain or discomfort after Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a common side effect but is typically mild and manageable. Here’s what you need to know:
Types of Pain:
- Mild Pain or Aching: Often felt in the treated area.
- Tingling or Numbness: Temporary sensations may occur.
- Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: Medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help.
- Compression Stockings: Wearing these can alleviate discomfort.
- Rest and Elevation: Elevating the treated leg can reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Walking: Gentle walking may reduce stiffness and promote healing.
When to Seek Medical Attention:
- Persistent or Severe Pain: If pain persists beyond a few days or becomes severe, consult with a healthcare provider.
- Signs of Complications: Excessive swelling, warmth, or redness might signal an underlying issue such as infection or blood clot, and medical attention should be sought immediately.
Pain after EVLA is typically temporary and can be managed with simple home care measures. Following the specific aftercare instructions provided by the healthcare provider can greatly aid in minimizing discomfort and supporting a smooth recovery.