Treating varicose veins in the past has been a painful, involved process. This invasive surgical process required up to two weeks of recovery time, and there was a good deal of pain associated with the procedure. The targeted vein basically had to be grasped through a series of incisions and removed from the leg.
Those days are over at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein, thanks to our endovenous laser therapy (EVLT). This minimally invasive procedure is a new way to treat varicose veins without the pain and recovery of vein stripping.
What are the advantages of EVLT?
There are many advantages to removing with varicose veins with EVLT.
- The procedure is an outpatient procedure
- It offers immediate relief from symptoms
- No downtown
- No scarring
- No need for general anesthesia
- Takes less than an hour to perform
- 98% success rate
How does EVLT work?
In an EVLT procedure, Dr. Yates first identifies the damaged vein and then applies an anesthetic numbing cream to the area. Next a small amount of local anesthetic is injected into the vein area. Once the patient is numb, a laser probe is inserted through a needle into the target vein. Dr. Yates can precisely move the laser using ultrasound imaging.
Once in place, the laser fires a short burst of high-intensity energy down the length of the targeted vein. This energy damages the walls of the vein, causing them to collapse, shrink, and eventually disappear. Any blood that was circulating through the varicose vein diverts naturally to adjacent healthier veins. In addition to removing the pain of the varicose vein, this blood moving to better functioning veins also improves circulation and relieves pain.
To finish the procedure the probe is removed from the vein and a small dressing applied along with compression bandages. The entire procedure takes less than an hour.
Recovery and results
Patients usually experience mild bruising and some tightness in the legs, although this passes in a few days. Patients can return home immediately after the EVLT procedure, and most can return to work the same day.
Your results are immediate, as the pain associated with the varicose vein disappears. The remainder of the vein will be absorbed by the body over the next few weeks.
Let’s address those varicose veins with EVLT at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein. Call us at (563) 275-4701 to schedule an appointment.