Endovenous laser treatment is a type of therapy to remove the appearance of varicose veins. It means a laser is used to heat the inside of the affected vein and damage the vein wall and tiny valves that help push the blood along. When the wall is damaged, the vein will collapse and gradually be absorbed by the surrounding tissue. After a few months, the vein disappears and you have smooth legs again. This is a very effective, minimally invasive treatment, which is why it is so popular.
The procedure involves inserting a thin fiber into the vein through a tiny incision, and laser light is aimed to travel along the fiber. The fiber is then slowly pulled out of the vein. Our specialist delivers the correct amount of heat as it is pulled out of the vein making sure the whole vein wall is destroyed. The vein closes and seals shut. These superficial veins handle a very small amount of blood that is automatically redirected to a healthy vein.
During a consultation with our specialist, your veins will be examined. If endovenous laser treatment is your best option, an ultrasound may be performed and the veins that are to be treated will be marked. You will lie on your back or front depending on which vein or veins is being treated. Your leg will be cleaned and the correct place for the tiny incision found. At that point, a small amount of anesthetic is injected into the skin and a tiny incision made through which the fiber is passed up the vein.
After the procedure, you may be asked to walk for a few minutes to make sure the blood is flowing through other veins. You may also be asked to wear compression stockings to keep pressure on the closed vein. Since there is no general anesthesia, you can return to work or your daily activities but should not drive. The treated area should be kept out of direct sunlight for a few weeks and not get wet. Our expert will give you instructions about how to bathe.
You may be developing varicose veins if your legs are itching for no apparent reason, if you have sores that do not heal on your lower legs, if the skin is turning red or brown around your ankles and if your legs ache.
If you feel the symptoms of varicose veins or already have bulging, twisted veins that can be seen just below the surface of your skin, it is important to get treatment. While varicose veins are not harmful to your overall health, they can contribute to issues that are more serious if they are not treated. Visit Cardiac Associates of North Jersey in Oakland, NJ to learn more from our professionals. You can also contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!