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What You Need To Know About Endovenous Laser Ablation

If you have varicose veins, you may struggle with embarrassment, as well as uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, effective treatment for varicose veins is available. One of the most common treatments recommended for people with varicose veins is endovenous laser ablation.

What Is Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally-invasive vein treatment option that treats varicose veins with laser energy. During the procedure, the vascular surgeon uses laser energy to cauterize the veins and eliminate all associated symptoms.

What Happens During Endovenous Laser Ablation?

If you choose to undergo this treatment, the surgeon may begin by applying a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Next, the surgeon will thread a thin catheter into your varicose vein. He or she will use this catheter to deliver laser energy to the interior of the vein. This energy cauterizes the inside of the vein, sealing it off and directing blood flow to healthier vessels in the area. The vein fades from view, and you will stop experiencing any painful symptoms you had prior to treatment. This procedure requires very little downtime. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities quickly after treatment.

When Is This Treatment Appropriate?

In some cases, varicose veins may respond to conservative treatments, such as compression stockings or elevation. However, if you have already tried these treatments and your veins are still causing problems, you may benefit from endovenous laser ablation. You may also opt for this procedure if you haven’t tried conservative treatment measures but you want to eliminate your varicose veins immediately.

Is This Procedure Right for Me?

Endovenous laser ablation isn’t right for every patient. However, only a vascular surgeon can determine whether this procedure is the right choice for you. If you are interested in this procedure or other treatment options for varicose veins, please contact Vascular & Interventional Associates Vein Center today to schedule a consultation with an experienced vein doctor.

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