Laser Vein Treatment or Laser Ablation
Laser vein treatment (also called laser ablation) has been very successful in treating varicose veins caused by reflux in the saphenous vein.
The procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and takes about an hour.
You will have the choice of local anesthesia (numbing medicine is injected into the skin like at the dentist) or sedation and anesthesia if you are very anxious.
In this procedure, a catheter (small tube) is inserted into the vein, and a laser is used to deliver energy to shrink and close the problem vein. Several days after the procedure, an ultrasound will be performed to evaluate the treated vein.
Most patients report little discomfort during or after the procedure. Recovery time is fast. Patients are encouraged to walk the same day of the procedure and to return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. Strenuous exercise may usually be resumed in one week.
Safety & Effectiveness of LaserVein Treatment
Laser vein treatment is a safe and effective procedure. Blood that would have flowed into the problem vein is redirected into other healthy veins to drain the leg. The procedure has been clinically proven to be more successful, have lower recurrence rates, less postoperative pain and faster recovery when compared to the traditional procedure of “vein stripping.” Most patients are satisfied with the results.