Pre-Operative Patient Instructions
While the VNUS Closure procedure is a minimally invasive technique leaving almost no evidence of trauma or scarring at the skin surface, there is a modest amount of trauma to the veins beneath the skin surface.
The procedure works by heating the inner lining of the vein to just over the boiling point of water, causing the vein to coagulate and begin the process of slowly dissolving away. This is a healing process that begins the day of the procedure and unfolds over a series of months. The relief of your original ‘venous pain’ occurs quickly and is usually dramatic. The healing process from the ‘coagulation’ of the vein(s) takes several months. Any discomfort will be minor, and you should return to full activities within a few days.
- Please follow the following Pre-Operative Instructions to prepare yourself:
- You may eat and drink normally before procedure.
- Please confirm with California Vein & Wound Center that you may take any prescribed or over-the-counter daily medications prior to your procedure.
- Arrange to be picked up by a caregiver, friend or family member, who will drive you home from the procedure and make sure you get settled and resting comfortably. You will receive some medication in the office to relax and you will not be able to drive the day of the procedure.
- If possible, 24 hours before the procedure start taking Motrin 600mg every 8hrs as it will assist in providing the most comfortable experience during the procedure. (This is not required. If patient cannot take Motrin prior to procedure it will not affect the results of the procedure.)
- Expect 2-3 hours for your procedure(s). Let your driver know so that they plan to wait for you in the CVWC waiting room, or return to pick you up following your procedure(s).
- No visitors are permitted in the procedure room due to strict sterile conditions. You may have visitors following the procedure(s) while you are resting and before departure.
- Bring loose and dark colored clothing to wear after the procedure(s.) Loose-fitting sweatpants or pajama bottoms help ensure patient is comfortable driving home. You should be able to return to work and normal activity the next day.