Every procedure, no matter how big or small, requires good communication and care for your patients. By sharing knowledge, answering questions, and taking the right steps to prepare for the procedure, you help your patients achieve better results and smoother recovery periods. While venous ablation is a relatively common and safe procedure, it’s still important to help your patients feel comfortable and confident in the days leading up to their appointment. Make the process as easy as possible for everyone involved with these tips for preparing patients for venous ablation.
Understanding the Procedure
Venous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins, which occur when a vein becomes abnormally large or twisted. During the procedure, the doctor uses an ultrasound to locate the varicose vein and insert a catheter. This allows the doctor to cauterize the vein with heat or electrical energy, closing off the damaged vein and diverting blood flow back to healthy veins. While this is a common and safe practice, the explanation itself can seem daunting to patients. Make sure you take the time to walk your patient through what each step means and what they can expect throughout the entire process. Knowledge is a patient’s best resource when preparing for a procedure. Help them enter their appointment comfortably and confidently by practicing good communication and answering any questions they might have.
Prepare for After the Procedure
While it’s important to prepare your patient for the procedure itself, you also need to think about the post-procedure recovery period. This is why one of the most important tips for preparing patients for venous ablation is to help them create a post-procedure plan. Most patients get to leave after their procedure, so make sure they have a safe way home after the appointment. You should also prepare and discuss recovery instructions to help set your patient up for a smooth recovery and optimal results. Discuss these things with your patient before the day of their appointment so they can prepare accordingly.
Your patient isn’t the only one who needs to be prepared for the procedure. Take care of your patients and your staff by equipping your facility with the best equipment on the market. Medical Positioning’s vascular table helps streamline exams and improve procedure results, making venous ablations and other vascular procedures easier and more comfortable for everyone involved.