Endovenous laser therapy is a treatment that removes superficial varicose veins without surgery. Removing varicose veins with surgery involves general anesthesia while the doctor ties and strips the vein out.
With minimally-invasive endovenous therapy, the vein is heated, which closes its walls so that the body can naturally absorb and discard the dead tissue. The varicose veins are gone, and the blood travels to the heart through veins deeper inside the leg.
Varicose veins are caused because the valves inside the veins malfunction. They no longer push the blood back to the heart causing it to pool in the veins. This makes the veins enlarge, resulting in the discomfort associated with varicose veins.
Endovenous is a nonsurgical treatment with very little recovery time allowing patients to get back to their daily activities more quickly than they could with surgery.
Patients can expect:
• Outpatient laser treatment in an office that destroys the vein from the inside
• Laser heat that only treats the vein and doesn’t affect the surrounding tissue
Varicose veins are most commonly seen in the legs of adults 60 years old and older, but they can occur in people in their 20s. The most obvious symptoms are the veins that ache and feel heavy. They may cause cramping in the calves, swelling, and restless leg syndrome.
In extreme cases, they can cause blood clots and skin darkening. When varicose veins become severe, the person may want to reduce or limit his or her normal activities. Fortunately, we can help.
The procedure starts with our trained technician performing an ultrasound scan to mark the veins to be treated. A local anesthetic is used. The laser fiber is passed through the catheter so that the tip goes to the top point in the vein that is to be heated.
You can go home after the treatment, but it may not be a good idea to drive yourself. You may be asked to wear compression stockings for sometime after the procedure, and can go back to work or other daily activities. If you feel any discomfort in the area, it may be treated with normal over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
Contact Advanced Vein & Laser Centre today to schedule a consultation. Our specialist will discuss the process and risks. Complications after the procedure are very rare. Endovenous laser treatment is safe and effective.