Endovenous Laser Therapy
The most advanced alternative to surgical stripping to treat varicose veins, this therapy involves a thin laser fiber which is inserted into the diseased vein, usually through a tiny puncture in the leg above where the visual symptoms appear. Laser energy is then delivered which causes the vein to close as the fiber is gradually removed. Schedule today!
- Performed in less than one hour
- Patient is encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure
- Covered by most insurance companies
A small amount of liquid is injected into the diseased vein which closes it off. Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through the closed vein simply reroutes through other healthy veins after the procedure. The loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the circulatory system.
- For smaller veins and spider veins
- Involved no anesthesia
- Performed in-office
Historically, the only treatment for large varicose veins has been to surgically remove or strip the vein from the body. Ambulatory phlembectomy is a modified version of stripping which uses multiple incisions that hook and remove the vein one portion at a time. More incisions are made than in standard stripping but the damage to the leg and post-surgery recovery time are minimized.
- Performed under anesthesia
- Performed in an operating room