Experienced physicians can use a laser, which is a highly focused beam of light, to treat varicose veins.
For spider veins and tiny varicose veins just under the skin’s surface, simple laser vein treatment is done on the outside of your skin.
For larger veins, Endovenous laser treatment can be used. A laser fiber is passed through a thin tube (catheter) into the vein.
Laser is less painful than vein ligation and stripping, and it has a shorter recovery time. Only local anesthesia or a light sedative is needed for laser treatment. (For ligation and stripping, general anesthesia is used to put you to sleep.)
You will be able to walk following the treatment, and recovery typically is short. You are likely to be able to return to your normal daily routine very soon after simple laser treatment.
After endovenous laser treatment, you will wear compression stockings for one week or more.
For the best chance of success, be sure to have a doctor with a lot of endovenous laser experience.
Did you know that in the United States alone varicose vein disease affects over 24 million people? It is very important to realize that varicose veins are a serious medical condition that only get worse with time. Untreated varicose veins get bigger and become painful. They can lead to dangerous blood clots that can cause a pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and even stroke.
When the valves in your veins are not working properly, the blood flows back up to your heart leaks downward and starts to accumulate in your leg veins causing tremendous pressure on the vein walls. When the walls of your leg veins start stretching because of the increased pressure, the veins bulge, causing a varicose vein.
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