Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to prepare for an EVLA

In a previous post we described the outpatient procedure called EVLA, or endovenous laser ablation. Now we’ll discuss what to do to prepare for an EVLA appointment. Being fully prepared for your appointment and following recommendations for care before your appointment will help ensure successful, comfortable treatment.

Most vein specialists offer patients pre-operative instructions. Read— and heed— all of the guidelines as part of preparing for the appointment. Common EVLA preparations include:

1. Compression stockings should be purchased and worn prior to your appointment to be sure they are comfortable. You should bring them with you the day of the procedure, as you will use them immediately following treatment and during the following two weeks.

2. Refrain from shaving your legs the morning of the procedure. This will reduce the risk of razor burn irritation from the sterilizing wash.

2. Take all regular medications the day of the procedure.

3. You will be prescribed a muscle relaxer to help keep the muscles in your leg loose, and a pain medicine. Take both medications 1 hour before the procedure or as directed by your physician.

4. Fasting is not required— eat a normal breakfast or lunch.

5. Prepare to bring or wear high-cut underwear that you are willing to have stained by iodine solution. You will likely want a second pair to change into after the procedure is over.

6. Bring an iPod or headset if you'd like to listen to music during the procedure.

It’s important to remember that while endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is the gold standard for venous care, you and your vein doctor, together, may decide on a different course. Call the Vein Healthcare Center to schedule an educational visit and learn about what options may be right for you.

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