Varicose veins can be rather bothersome. They can cause discomfort at times with symptoms like swelling of the legs and ankles. Sometimes, they can also cause itching, burning and aching. If you are one of the many people whose lives are impacted by the presence of varicose veins, you should take comfort in the fact that effective treatment options are available. Laser treatments are among the most widely used due to the benefits they offer.
Lasers are highly focused beams of light. When used in the treatment of varicose veins, the laser is directed at the targeted vein and the heat from the laser then affects the vein. At the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, we are proud to offer endovenous laser treatment.
During an endovenous laser treatment procedure, a laser fiber is inserted into the vein by means of a catheter. While this is going on, ultrasound is being used to view the vein on a computer screen. Like simple laser treatments, the endovenous method safely destroys the vein with the heat from the laser. With the endovenous method, however, the laser energy comes from inside the vein.
One of the benefits of laser treatment for varicose veins is that it can be done in the comfort of our office without the need for a hospital stay. Afterwards, those receiving the treatments can return home and are encouraged to walk. The procedure is done under local anesthesia only. Other methods like vein stripping surgery must be done in a hospital setting under general anesthesia.
After the procedure, there is a risk of slight burning or aching. However, this risk is much smaller than it is for patients who undergo vein stripping surgery. If you are looking for a treatment method that can be done as an outpatient procedure and requires minimal recovery time, you should ask our team about laser therapy. We can answer your questions as they pertain to your specific condition.
To find out more about which treatment is right for properly addressing your varicose veins, set up a time to visit the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre in Libertyville, IL. Dr. Rosenfeld has over 20 years of experience treating both varicose veins and spider veins, specializing in endovenous laser treatment and other minimally-invasive techniques.