Endovenous means treatment that is given inside the vein. Two of the most common vein treatments are endovenous chemical and endovenous laser ablation. While they both have the same aim of relieving venous conditions, there are distinct differences. When it comes down to endovenous laser vs endovenous chemical ablation for vein treatment, they are both non-invasive and do not require general anesthetic.
Chemical treatment involves the use of chemicals. Saline water is a popular choice, but other chemicals may be used. The chemical solution is introduced into the vein through a tiny opening that does not require stitches. The chemical irritates and damages the vein wall, causing it to collapse and stick together. When the vein is closed, the blood is naturally rerouted through a healthy vein. Over time, the body gradually absorbs the collapsed vein and it disappears. For larger veins, the chemical may be injected in the form of foam. This spreads to all parts of the vein more easily and quicker than the liquid.
Endovenous laser ablation uses laser light waves that change to heat inside your vein. The laser is passed along a small fiber that is inserted into the vein. The tiny opening does not require stitches or general anesthetic. The heat coagulates the blood and irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse. When the vein is sealed shut, the blood flows through nearby healthy veins and the treated vein is gradually absorbed by the surrounding tissue until it completely disappears. This usually happens after a few months.
Our doctor may use ultrasound to find the vein. Both of these treatments are minimally-invasive and have little or no recovery time. The treatment may take about an hour. You may be asked to wear compression stockings on the treated leg for a few weeks after the treatment, and you may be able to return to work or other normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Regarding endovenous laser vs endovenous chemical ablation, in most cases, both treatments are successful and a follow-up treatment is not required. However, you may require a follow-up appointment for our doctor to check the progress of the treatment until the vein is completely gone.
During a consultation with Dr. Rosenfeld, one of the best vein doctors serving Chicago including Waukegan and Libertyville, at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, you can learn more about each type of treatment and determine which is the best for your spider or varicose veins. Your veins will be examined and your overall health considered before a unique treatment plan is recommended. We happily serve the Chicago, IL and surrounding areas and North Chicago. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office.