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How To Decide If Endovenous Laser Ablation Is Right For You

When it comes to getting rid of varicose veins, you have options. Vein treatment experts offer several types of therapy that cause varicose veins to disappear, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. One of the newest and most effective choices is called endovenous laser ablation. Learning more about this technique and discussing it with your vein care doctor can help you decide if endovenous laser ablation is right for you.  

What Is Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Endovenous laser ablation, sometimes called endovenous thermal ablation, relies on a laser to get rid of varicose veins. Varicose veins are caused by weakening of vein walls that causes them to bulge. When heat is applied to the affected vessel, it causes the vein to collapse, allow blood flow to be diverted elsewhere. Then, the body gradually reabsorbs the vein tissue until it is no longer visible.   During endovenous laser therapy, your vein doctor will apply laser energy to your affected veins. Typically, this is directed through a small catheter so the heat energy can be properly targeted to the problem area. You will receive local anesthetic to numb the area, preventing any pain. The procedure typically takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your specific vein treatment needs.  

Advantages of Endovenous Laser Ablation

One of the biggest advantages of endovenous laser ablation is that it is relatively non-invasive. Typically, the procedure involves the insertion of a tiny catheter, which is similar to a needle prick. However, there is no need to undergo general anesthesia with this form of vein treatment. This allows patients to return home the same day, preventing loss of work time.   Additionally, endovenous laser ablation is incredibly effective. You will notice a difference immediately after the procedure, and the varicose vein will gradually fade over the coming weeks. This leaves you with a fast track to beautiful skin.   Finally, endovenous laser ablation has very few side effects. One of the alternatives to this procedure is known as vein stripping, in which the varicose veins are physically pulled from the skin. This more invasive procedure can also lead to scarring in some situations. In contrast, endovenous laser ablation gets rid of varicose veins without causing harmful side effects. There is minimal risk of scarring, allowing you to restore your smooth, unblemished skin as soon as possible. Although some patients do experience bruising or slight inflammation, this typically subsides within a day or two.   Before undergoing endovenous laser ablation, your vein doctor will perform a thorough examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for this form of vein therapy. Be sure to ask any questions to ensure that you make the best decision about whether endovenous laser ablation is right for you.

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