"You don't need surgery to get rid of varicose veins." For years, people who suffer from varicose veins wished those words were true. And now they are, thanks to dramatic advances in the use of medical lasers. Our Vein Center team offers this new procedure that gets excellent results without the pain and lengthy recovery of surgical "vein stripping."
Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins
Your veins carry blood from the capillaries (small blood vessels) to the heart. In your leg, this means the blood has to flow upward, against gravity, so veins in your legs have one-way valves to prevent the blood from flowing backward. However, over time, these valves can fail to close tightly. This allows the blood to pool in your legs, causing the bulging and twisting you see in varicose veins.
You no longer have to live with the discomfort, pain and self-consciousness of varicose veins. Our skilled Vein Center experts use minimally invasive techniques to treat varicose veins, leaving you looking and feeling your best.
What to Expect: Endovenous Treatment for Varicose Veins
We perform a comprehensive evaluation and discuss with you the options for varicose vein treatment. We will explain the risks and benefits of each type of procedure and answer any questions you may have.
Learn more about laser treatment for varicose veins:
- How is an endovenous laser procedure different than surgery?
- How does an endovenous laser procedure for varicose veins work?
- Are medical lasers safe?
- When will I see results of the endovenous laser procedure?
- Will the results last after my endovenous laser treatment?
- Will my insurance cover laser treatment for varicose veins?
How is an endovenous laser procedure different from surgery?
This chart can help you understand the differences between a laser procedure and traditional surgery for treating varicose veins:
|Laser Procedure||Surgery (“vein stripping”)|
|General anesthesia||No; only local anesthesia necessary||Yes|
|Incisions||Minimally invasive approach: incisions are extremely small, no stitches required||Traditional large incision, requires stitches|
|Risk of infection and pain||Extremely low risk of infection and less pain||Higher risk of infection and pain|
|Recovery||Minimal; you are up and walking as soon as procedure over||Lengthy recovery period|
How does an endovenous laser procedure for varicose veins work?
Laser technology fixes the problem by targeting the unhealthy vein and causing it to close. During the procedure:
- We give you local anesthesia.
- Your physician inserts a thin laser fiber into your vein.
- The fiber emits a laser light, targeting just the tissue that needs treatment.
- The laser energy causes the problematic vein to close.
- Your body automatically routes the blood to other, healthy veins.
- The procedure lasts 45 minutes. You may feel an unfamiliar sensation during the procedure, but it is not painful.
Are medical lasers safe?
A laser is a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, so the energy does not affect the surrounding tissue. They've proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in many medical procedures, from ophthalmology to dermatology. In the hands of a skilled physician like those at St. Joseph's, lasers offer far less risk and complications than conventional surgery.
When will I see results of the endovenous laser procedure?
There may be some slight swelling right after the procedure, but you could start seeing results immediately.
Will the results last after my endovenous laser treatment?
This procedure has proved to be 97 percent effective, which is an outstanding record of success. You should experience no reoccurrence in the veins that have been treated. You may need follow-up procedures to obtain optimal aesthetic results.
Will my insurance cover laser treatment for varicose veins?
Call your insurance provider to find out whether this procedure is covered.
To find out if endovascular laser treatment is right for you, call us:
St. Joseph's Hospital Vein center
Health Point Medical Group
Phone: (813) 397-1250
Fax: (813) 321-6581
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Spanish-speaking staff available