When problems arise in the saphenous vein, treatment is a necessity. The original treatment, stripping the vein, was highly invasive and required a long recovery time. Newer technology has made it possible to avoid the painful procedures and enjoy improvements without the high level of risks.
Basics of Endovenous Laser Treatment
Before it is possible to determine the best method of handling problems with the saphenous vein, it is important to understand the laser treatment and how it works. Learning the basics of the treatment will provide the ability to make an educated decision about the best solution to the problems.
The laser treatment is considered minimally invasive because it uses a laser instead of a stripping out the vein. It is still considered a surgical procedure, but it will not require any cutting into the body and does not cause external or internal bleeding.
A laser is used to seal the vein instead of removing the vein, which has a similar impact on the problems caused by incompetence of the saphenous veins. The seal does not require cutting because the heat from the laser effectively closes off the path in the veins.
How the Procedure is Performed
The Endovenous laser treatment starts with applying an local anesthetic. This helps numb the skin before the procedure begins. It is not necessary to sleep through the procedure because it is a minimally invasive option.A needle with the laser is then inserted into the body and is guided by an ultrasound system to reach the veins. When the laser is in position, small pulses of light are applied directly to the internal area of the veins. The light causes the vein to seal up and stops further transport of blood along the vein.It takes around one hour to complete the procedure. Potential rare complications include thermal skin burns, numbness and occasional deep vein thrombosis.
After Treatment Care
As the procedure that is minimally invasive, it is possible to walk out of the office almost immediately after the treatment is complete. The doctor will apply a bandage to the needle insertion point and will suggest wearing compressive stockings.
Recovery time is very short and most individuals can return to work or normal activities the next day.
Endovenous laser treatment is an effective way to re-route blood from abnormal veins to healthy veins and thus improve the health of the body. Most individuals will see reduced pain in their legs and less restless leg symptoms.