Endovenous laser therapy is one of the most popular treatments for varicose veins. This minimally-invasive treatment uses laser energy to cause the problematic vein to collapse. The laser is a beam of light that turns to heat inside the vein. Due to the high concentration and narrow focus of light, the laser is able to target the specific area with maximum precision. Lasers have been used for medical treatments for years. In the hands of our highly qualified specialist, laser treatment offers much less risk than surgery.
The process involves inserting a thin fiber into the damaged vein. This only requires a tiny entry point, no incision. The laser light is emitted through the fiber while it is drawn through the vein. The energy is delivered to affect the vein walls so it collapses and seals shut. These veins are superficial veins and handle less than five percent of your body’s blood, which is automatically redirected to healthy veins.
The treatment does not require general anesthesia. A local anesthetic is used to numb the small place on your leg where the fiber is inserted. You may be encouraged to walk for a few minutes after the procedure, but you can go back to work or other daily activities afterward.
Endovenous laser therapy works for about 94 percent of people who try it. During a consultation with our specialist, you can learn about the various options and if endovenous laser therapy is suitable for your vein issues.
You may be able to diagnose varicose veins yourself; however, you may not be able to determine their severity. For some people, there are no feelings of discomfort, but the varicose veins are unsightly, and they would rather have them removed. If there is discomfort, there may be underlying circulation problems. If you have any of the following symptoms, it is worth visiting our specialist to learn about treatment for venous insufficiency.
• Swollen blood vessels just under the skin that look twisted and purple or blue
• Brown pigmentation on the lower legs, ankles and feet
• Itching anywhere on the lower leg with or without a rash
• Leg cramps, especially at night
• A heavy or aching feeling
• Ulcers that erupt on the surface of the skin
If you have any of the above symptoms, you may be a good candidate for endovenous laser therapy. Visit Premier Vein Institute so that our specialist can help you understand your treatment options. Fortunately, many venous insufficiency problems can be cured, and you can have smooth legs again. We have locations in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Riverview and Lakeland. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.