Endovenous Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins pose many problems. They may cause you to feel uncomfortable with the look of your legs, cause you pain or discomfort, or indicate more serious health problems. “Varicose” means dilated, enlarged and often painful veins.
If you have varicose veins, you will usually have the appearance of ropy bulging veins close to the surface of your skin. You might experience leg symptoms such as aching or heaviness, throbbing or cramping, itching or bleeding, tenderness, painful “cords” with hardening of your veins, skin discoloration, and possibly ulcerations which often indicate a more severe vascular problem.
If varicose veins have caused you to suffer prolonged emotional or physical harm, you may no longer feel able to ignore the issue. However, you may have also heard that varicose vein treatments usually involve surgery and can lead to pain and scarring, and these fears may have prevented you from exploring medical options. Varicose vein treatments, however, have improved significantly in recent years.
One of the most significant advances in varicose vein treatment is known as EVLT(™), or Endovenous Laser Treatment, and it has quickly become the standard in vein care for several reasons. EVLT(™) is a quickly performed and minimally invasive outpatient procedure that offers patients little to no downtime and a success rate of over 95 percent according to clinical studies.
The Serious Nature of Varicose Veins
If you have suffered from varicose veins even for a short time, you are probably not very happy with the look of your legs, and you probably feel embarrassed to show them to anyone, choosing instead to cover them up whenever possible. This likely affects the activities you will choose to engage in — swimming is out — and you may feel self-conscious and overly-inhibited out of fear that someone might see your legs. These limitations on your activities and comfort could even lead to more serious issues like relationship problems or depression.
Varicose veins, if severe, can also result in more serious medical problems. Leg ulcers can indicate significantly high venous pressure and fluid build-up. Ulcers can be very difficult to treat and may lead to infection and additional medical problems. Bleeding from broken blood vessels near the surface of your skin poses additional risks. Blood clots are another health threat. Significant, sudden onset of swelling and pain in a leg could indicate a deep vein blood clot, a very dangerous condition which may be brought on by varicose veins.
How EVLT(™) Solves Varicose Vein Problems
Behind EVLT(™) lies a very simple idea. If you can close the varicose vein at its source, the vein will atrophy, your body will reabsorb it and you will no longer experience the associated embarrassment, discomfort, or problems. EVLT(™) does just that. Using ultrasound as a guide, your doctor can insert a tiny catheter into affected veins, apply laser energy as the catheter is withdrawn and ablate (or close) the veins beginning at their source. Your body will automatically re-route your blood flow through deeper, healthier veins, and your now ablated varicose veins will eventually disappear.
What happens during an EVLT(™) procedure?
An EVLT(™) procedure can take as little as 30 minutes in your doctor’s office. After cleansing the treatment area, your doctor will insert a catheter and perform the procedure. You will most likely receive tumescent, or injected, anesthesia at the treatment site before your procedure. He will encourage you to walk around afterward to encourage healthy blood flow. You will have minimal restrictions after your procedure and you may return to your normal activities immediately.
EVLT(™) Can Help You Leave Varicose Vein Problems Behind for Good
You will see and feel results quickly. While some patients will notice improvements on the day of their treatment, most will experience dramatic improvements in the two to three weeks following their procedure. You will notice your veins will continue to disappear gradually over the next few weeks and the painful symptoms of varicose veins will fade as well.
Because EVLT(™) is a minimally invasive procedure, complications occur very infrequently. Unlike traditional surgery, you will not need general anesthesia or hospitalization which also reduces your risks.
Most patients receive between two and four treatments to have all their veins and symptoms treated effectively. However, the number of treatments you will need to remedy your condition will depend on several factors including the severity and extent of your varicose veins and the amount of time you have had the problem. The EVLT(™) procedure has very few contraindications, so if you suffer from varicose veins, most likely you will qualify for the treatment.
You No Longer Have To Suffer From Varicose Veins
You do not have to suffer from varicose veins. Whether the look of your veins bothers you, or you are experiencing more serious problems, you can seek treatment that will, in many cases, eradicate the problem. Furthermore, the now widely-accepted EVLT(™) treatment can eliminate problem veins without surgery, pain or scarring, and can provide long-lasting results. Also, many insurance plans will cover an EVLT(™) procedure if you meet medical criteria.
If you feel ready to take the next step towards treating your varicose veins, call The Vein Center today at 1-800-910-VEIN to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Pensacola and Destin, Florida as well as Foley, Alabama to conveniently meet your needs. The Vein Center wants you to feel comfortable in your own skin again. It’s time for your legs to see the light!