In less than the time it takes to watch a movie, you can get rid of the source of your varicose veins and treat the root cause of your symptoms.
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a procedure that uses a laser to heat and shrink or close the diseased vein. After the vein shrinks, the body automatically routes the blood through other, healthy veins. The procedure takes anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour, and requires only a local anesthetic.
You will be given a relaxing medication before the procedure. Your leg is sterilized and local anesthesia is applied to the treatment area. The doctor will insert a thin catheter and laser fiber into the vein through a very small entry point, and the laser light that emits through this fiber will seal the faulty vein. While you might feel an unfamiliar sensation, it is not painful. This part of the procedure takes literally just a few minutes.
After the procedure, prescription strength compression stockings must be worn for a short time. However, you’ll be able to resume most normal activities almost immediately. The doctor will instruct you when it is safe to resume rigorous activities. There is virtually no scaring from the procedure because the incision to insert the catheter and fiber is only a few millimeters in length.
Endovenous Laser Ablation is FDA approved and has a success rate of over 95%. As with all surgical procedures, there is a small chance of complication and risks with endovenous laser ablation.