Laser Vein Closure and Treatment
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment offering excellent results for symptomatic and unsightly varicose veins. Laser energy is used to seal off the damaged veins, causing blood to reroute to other nearby healthy veins. Your doctor uses an ultrasound scanner to guide placement of an access sheath, through which the laser fiber is introduced into the vein.
Laser energy is applied, and the laser fiber is withdrawn along the vein, causing the vein to close behind it.
Because laser catheters can only be used on relatively straight varicose veins, varicose veins laser is generally used on larger veins like the saphenous vein of the leg.
Radiofrequency Ablation is similar to Endovenous Saphenous Vein Ablation in preparation and results. It differs by using radiofrequency catheter to deliver heat directly to the wall of the vein being treated. The heat causes the vein to shrink and the catheter is withdrawn along the vein until the entire vein is treated.
These procedures cause only mild discomfort from the initial injection of local anesthetic. During the procedure, you feel pressure as the access catheter is inserted. There is usually no discomfort as the vein is closed, and the entire procedure takes about an hour.
Immediately after the procedure, you may resume normal activity. A compression bandage will be applied to the treated leg, and you will be expected to stay active during the recovery period to minimize the risk of complications.
Once the treated is closed and the healing process is completed, most patients report relief of their vein-related symptoms.
Results to Expect from Varicose Veins Laser
Varicose veins laser treatment is usually completely successful in closing treated veins, although additional treatment with sclerotherapy may be required for smaller branches from the affected vein. In some cases, ambulatory phlebectomy is also used to remove these branch veins.
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