No one likes to feel any pain if they can avoid it. That’s exactly what anesthesia does — it stops the patient from feeling pain during a medical procedure. Modern local anesthesia and sedation make virtually any medical procedure short of open surgery doable, without resorting to general (sleep) anesthesia.

At Southwest Vein and Leg, we offer anesthesia for some of our vein procedures, such as vein ablation.

What Is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is administered to patients to keep them comfortable during medical procedures. There are different types of anesthesia, depending on the procedure and the degree of possible pain.

We offer three types of anesthesia for our vein procedures:

Local Anesthesia
This is injected “locally” to numb a small area. Tumescent anesthesia is a type local sedation where the solution is placed around the vein to empty the vein, provide local anesthetic, and to absorb heat.

Oral sedation:
An oral sedative can keep you relaxed if you’re anxious about a procedure. While it will not kill the pain, most patients are more worried about not knowing what all the procedures entails, rather then the amount of pain the procedure causes.

IV/Monitored Sedation
IV sedation the patient is continuously monitored and can be a deeper sedation. In IV sedation, the patient is in a twilight state and may be able to respond to instructions but will not remember the procedure, or feel any pain.

Can Anybody Have the Option to Add Anesthesia to a Vein Procedure?

We already use local anesthesia and tumescent anesthesia for all of our ablation procedures. If you’re overly anxious about a procedure, you can request an oral sedative or IV sedation prior to the procedure. Adding sedation can add cost to the procedure in some cases.

The Vein Procedures Anesthesia can be administered with

Of the procedures we perform at Southwest Vein and Leg, we generally only use anesthesia for radiofrequency ablation and laser ablation of the saphenous veins. This is usually a combination of local anesthesia with tumescent solution and IV sedation.

How Do I Prepare for Anesthesia Prior to These Vein Treatments?

Patients must have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to having anesthesia.


Call 817.235.0769 to schedule your screening and see how Southwest Vein and Leg Center’s Venous Reflux treatments can improve your health and quality of life.


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