Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovascular laser therapy is currently the newest, most effective and least invasive procedure to treat your symptoms. This is an alternative to traditional stripping of the long saphenous vein that would be the source or the cause of the bulging surface veins and of the symptoms of pain, fatigue, swelling, etc. Using local anesthesia, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a needle delivering energy to the vein while causing it to collapse and seal shut; thus, eliminating the vein and eliminating the cause of the symptoms.
How does the Procedure Work?
Endovenous laser treatment is performed right in our clinic, and the entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The patient is given light IV sedation and a local anesthetic for comfort. The doctor uses an ultrasound machine to guide the sterile laser fiber directly to the vein. Laser energy is distributed to the target vein to destroy it from within, leaving all healthy veins in the surrounding area untouched.
What is the Recovery Like?
Once the procedure is complete, a dressing and compression stocking are applied to reduce swelling and promote healing of the treatment site. Patients are encouraged to walk about right after the procedure, and most can resume regular activities right away. Any residual bruising or soreness can be effectively treated with over the counter pain medication. The patient will return to our office in seven days so the doctor can evaluate the treatment area.
Are there Risks?
Because endovenous laser treatment is considered a minimally invasive procedure, risks associated with the procedure are relatively small. Some uncommon risks might include:
- Temporary discoloration around the treatment site
- Mild bruising or swelling that usually disappears on its own within a few days
- Tenderness of the skin, which can be treated with over the counter pain medications
- Infection at the incision site
Are Results Permanent?
Endovenous laser treatment is successful in permanently removing varicose veins nearly 100% of the time. However, other veins can become varicose at the same location, resulting in the need for subsequent procedures. If you are concerned about a recurrence of varicose veins, our staff can give you information about how to lower your risk of experiencing additional varicose veins in the future.
Endovenous laser treatments get rid of unwanted varicose veins with minimal discomfort and downtime and stellar results. If you want to learn more about whether this treatment is the right choice for you contact our office for Advanced Vein Clinics today.