Endovenous Laser Therapy
Laser treatment of varicose veins with the VenaCure EVLT procedure shows clear patient benefits over surgery and other alternative treatments, including a success rate of up to 98 percent with minimal-to-no scarring or hospitalization, a lower risk of complications and a quick recovery with strong patient satisfaction. First pioneered in 1999 by Dr. Robert Min and Dr. Luis Navarro, laser vein therapy has been one of the most trusted procedures in treating varicose veins. The VenaCure EVLT system currently utilizes an FDA-approved catheter with a gold-tip “jacket” to disperse energy from the laser in a manner to reduce pain and discomfort after the procedure. This easy-to-perform procedure has patients back on their feet in approximately 45 minutes.
Screening for CVI is done through a simple, non-invasive ultrasound test. The ultrasound uses sound waves to measure the speed and blood flow through the vessels in the leg. It also produces an image of the vein structure, offering a visual of the veins, valve damage and any vein obstructions that may be causing CVI. If the ultrasound confirms that you have CVI, we will discuss treatment options and help you identify the best fit for your lifestyle.
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After closing your deeper veins, you may still have some residual varicose veins left behind. To remove them, Ambulatory Phlebectomy is performed, a procedure in which varicose veins are removed from a tiny incision.
First, your leg will be numbed with an injection of a local anesthetic. Next, tiny 1 to 2mm incisions will be made and the diseased vein will be removed with a small hook-like instrument. Because the incision is so small, no sutures are needed. Instead, you will have small bandages, called steri strips, placed along the incisions. Cosmetically, the result is great and nearly scarless.
You should be able to return to normal light activity including work and walking on the same day.
Exercise can be resumed as early as 7 days following the procedure, though light walking is recommended. When sitting or lying down, it is best to elevate the treated leg to avoid swelling. A follow up appointment will be scheduled shortly after your treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a popular method for eliminating superficial spider veins and deeper feeder veins. It is performed by injecting a solution (called a “sclerosing agent”) directly into the vein. Sclerotherapy is done in our office and usually takes 30 minutes. It is performed using a very fine needle to ensure minimal pain. The doctor may use a vein light which can illuminate the veins below your skin which are feeding your spider veins.
A sclerosing solution is then injected into the desired veins. This solution will irritate the wall of the vein and cause it to close over the next few weeks. You may feel pinching from the needle and a tingling sensation as the solution is injected.
Typically you will need three (3) treatments, one month apart to achieve the best results.