EndoVenous laser therapy is currently the newest, most effective and least invasive procedure to treat the symptoms of your varicose veins. 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.
Endovenous laser treatment is performed in our office 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.
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 around 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.
Because endovenous laser treatment is considered a minimally invasive procedure, risks associated with the procedure are relatively small. Some uncommon risks might include:
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 all the while yielding successful results. Best of all, EVLT is covered by Medicare and most insurance.
Advanced Vein Clinics is fluent in Spanish and Polish. For more information about this and other varicose veins and venous ulcers treatments performed at our Downtown and Suburban Chicago Vein Clinics, call 1-800-VEIN-DOC or 630.860.0035