Do the Procedures Hurt?
There is very little discomfort involved with these new state-of-the-art treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. They are quick office procedures that are performed with the use of a local anesthetic. The most uncomfortable moments that patients report is when the anesthesia is injected—a brief prick from a sharp needle and a burning from the Novocain.
Occasionally an anxious patient asks about being put to sleep for the procedure. Most vein specialists do not consider this necessary. We can give you a sedative in pill form, like valium or Ativan, to calm you. After the procedure, you will walk away from the office feeling great, without the problems caused by general anesthesia.
Because the procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, they are very safe and do not expose you to the potential infections and complications seen in the hospital setting.