Using Endovenous Laser Ablation to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Updated on: August 18, 2014

For many individuals in San Francisco, California and in other parts of the country, varicose veins may be a particularly troubling condition for many reasons. For one, the veins may appear bulging from the skin and may be purplish or bluish in color, making them quite unsightly in appearance. What's more, the veins may lead to pain and heaviness in the legs, which often leads patients to seek relief through various minimally-invasive treatment options available. Endovenous laser ablation is one such minimally-invasive procedure that has helped many patients overcome varicose veins safely.

There are several benefits associated with endovenous laser ablation, which utilizes laser energy to destroy problem veins. Patients may enjoy a reduced chance of stasis ulcers, relief from various discomforts associated with the condition, and may enjoy more efficient blood circulation. It also helps to improve self-confidence in one's image, and is quick and easy to help patients reach their goals and find relief from this venous condition. Patients are always encouraged to speak with a member of the medical staff at a fully equipped vein clinic to help them go over their treatment options and learn more about treatments such as endovenous laser ablation.

The procedure begins with the cleansing of the skin in the treatment area, and then a topical anesthetic is applied for patient comfort. Protective eye goggles are provided to the patient to avoid unplanned exposure to the laser light. The physician then inserts a laser fiber into the problem vein that is being destroyed. The fiber is then slowly heated with low energy, and the energy damages the vein wall which causes it to shrink and become fibrosed. It then is no longer able to carry blood. About half an hour to an hour is required to perform the procedure in most cases.

Following treatment, a compression bandage is applied and should be worn for about a week and the patient is then discharged home after about one hour. Any minor soreness experienced following treatment may be treated using over the counter medicine. Patients should speak with their doctor before taking any medicine, however. Possible risks associated with endovenous laser ablation include mild numbness in the thigh, a pulling sensation, phlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, infection at the incision site and bruising. Patients should consult an experienced San Francisco vein specialist to help reduce the risk of complications as much as possible.

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