Varicose veins affect as many as one in every four adults, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology.
Venous insufficiency occurs when valves in the veins no longer function properly, causing blood to flow backward and pool in the veins. The inefficient blood flow and resulting varicose veins can cause many uncomfortable symptoms, such as heavy legs, swelling, and, in the most severe cases, skin ulcers.
The condition can be prevented or delayed, however, by addressing risk factors such as a sedentary lifestyle and excess weight. A common recommendation is wearing support hose and incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine.
For those who already have the condition, treatment options are easier than before.
The VenaCureEVLT™ laser vein treatment procedure utilizes laser energy to achieve proven results without the discomfort and lengthy recovery experienced through the surgical option of ligation and vein stripping. The entire procedure takes about one hour, and depending on the severity of your condition, may be covered by your insurance.
Simply put, a laser is a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, so as not to affect the surrounding tissue. Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all types of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology.
The entire procedure typically lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour, and requires only a local anesthetic. The physician will insert a thin laser fiber into the vein through a very small entry point, and the laser light that emits through this fiber will seal the faulty vein. While you might feel an unfamiliar sensation, it is not painful. This part of the procedure takes literally just a few minutes. Some patients may experience temporary soreness, which can be treated effectively with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers and should subside within the first five days.
Published clinical studies show that the VenaCureEVLT™ procedure has more than a 95% initial success rate with excellent long term results. Veins that have been treated are very unlikely to become varicose again.