Are you experiencing symptoms such as achy legs or the feeling that your legs are restless or heavy? Perhaps your legs start to swell or burn if you have been standing for long periods of time. Many people think that varicose veins–often the cause of these symptoms–are simply a cosmetic issue and believe that they just have to live with the unsightly and often painful veins. Vein disease, however, can be a serious medical condition and should it be left untreated, it can cause many different complications. If you are feeling the signs of vein disease, now is the time to get an effective EVLT treatment to help alleviate these symptoms.
At the Skin and Vein Center, we use a step-by-step process to treat varicose veins. An initial exam is done to determine the venous insufficiencies and extent of the vein problems. This is done through ultrasound mapping. Should a venous reflux be found, the vein can be ablated using Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment.
EVLT treatment is an alternative to the prior method of stripping the vein through surgery. This is a relatively non-invasive procedure done under local anesthesia. A small laser fiber is inserted into the vein. Then, pulses of light are delivered which cause the vein to collapse and seal. EVLT eliminates the veins that were preventing the return of blood to the heart. The compression garments worn after the treatment will also help alleviate the symptoms.
The process will take about an hour and also has a nearly 100 percent success rate. Patients will start to experience improvements immediately, while some symptoms may take a couple of weeks to disappear. You will be able to return to your normal schedule almost immediately, and athletic activities can be undertaken within three to four days.
Endovenous Laser Ablation actually costs less that other similar options. Also, because this procedure is used to correct a medical condition, it is often covered by insurance. Costs will vary from patient o patient.
If you are interested in EVLT treatment for your varicose veins, give us a call at the Skin and Vein Center. We will discuss your options, including EVLT and Sclerotherapy during a no-cost consultation. We also offer many other treatments and procedures that you may be interested in.