How far apart should my injections be and are they painful?

I know injections are given to insulate the vein from the heat during the closure procedure. This has me concerned about the injections I must endure during the procedure. How far apart are they and how painful are these injections?

Answers from doctors (5)


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Dec 03, 2015

Your statement suggests to me you don't understand the procedure, and so I think you should return to your doctor to review this. You will be given a dilute local anesthetic and it does not insulate the vein from heat, it stops you from feeling pain just like at the dentist.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Your statement suggests to me you don't understand the procedure, and so I think you should return to your doctor to review this. You will be given a dilute local anesthetic and it does not insulate the vein from heat, it stops you from feeling pain just like at the dentist.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Tumescent anesthesia is used to protect the nerve and skin from thermal injury.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Tumescent anesthesia is used to protect the nerve and skin from thermal injury.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Nov 24, 2015

Refluxing veins are treated successfully with Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency. The injections for the numbing (local anesthetic) and very small needles on the surface and the deeper injection is then painless. An experienced vascular surgeon can minimize the number of surface "sticks" you need and they are typically a tiny "beesting" or pinch. Very well tolerated by all my patients, even those who are sensitive.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Refluxing veins are treated successfully with Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency. The injections for the numbing (local anesthetic) and very small needles on the surface and the deeper injection is then painless. An experienced vascular surgeon can minimize the number of surface "sticks" you need and they are typically a tiny "beesting" or pinch. Very well tolerated by all my patients, even those who are sensitive.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Nov 24, 2015

These injections are for the placement of the local anesthesia (called tumescent). I do this by first using a very small needle to numb the injection site and then I insert a larger needle through this to place the tumescent. The injection sites are about 6 inches apart and this procedure should be well tolerated.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

These injections are for the placement of the local anesthesia (called tumescent). I do this by first using a very small needle to numb the injection site and then I insert a larger needle through this to place the tumescent. The injection sites are about 6 inches apart and this procedure should be well tolerated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Susan B Fox, D.O. RPVI, FSVM

Published on Nov 24, 2015

They are similar to dental injections if you have a filling. It is hard to say how many there are without knowing how long the veins is being treated. It could be as few as two or three or as many as seven or eight on average. What I tell my patients is the only part that hurts are the numbing shots and this part of the procedure usually is less than five minutes of the total procedure max. Before and after that you should not really feel much of anything at all

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Answered by Susan B Fox, D.O. RPVI, FSVM

They are similar to dental injections if you have a filling. It is hard to say how many there are without knowing how long the veins is being treated. It could be as few as two or three or as many as seven or eight on average. What I tell my patients is the only part that hurts are the numbing shots and this part of the procedure usually is less than five minutes of the total procedure max. Before and after that you should not really feel much of anything at all

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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