Endovenous laser treatment is one of the most popular treatments to remove varicose veins, and there is good reason for this. It is minimally-invasive, requires very little, if any, recovery time and has little to no post-procedure discomfort. With this treatment, you can say goodbye to bulging, twisting veins, swollen legs, itching and pain.
“Endovenous” means inside the vein and “ablation” means heat. During this treatment, a thin laser fiber is used to heat the vein, causing the vein walls to collapse. When this happens, the blood naturally flows through healthy veins. The damaged vein is gradually absorbed by the body and disappears.
There are several advantages of endovenous laser treatment over other treatments for varicose veins. Some advantages are:
- Only local anesthesia is required. You do not need general anesthesia, as you do with surgery.
- The treatment is relatively quick.
- There are fewer complications possible because the treatment is minimally-invasive.
- The recovery time is practically nonexistent. Most people can resume normal daily activities or go back to work within 24 hours after the procedure.
After the procedure, a dressing will be applied to the entry point. Our specialist may ask you to wear compression stockings for about a week. These put pressure on the surface veins and force the blood to flow through deeper veins. As soon as the procedure is completed and you have put on the stockings, you may notice that you have relief from the symptoms of pain, pressure and swelling.
Several genetic, environmental and occupational factors may contribute to developing varicose veins. Some causes cannot be avoided, such as the normal aging process and heredity. However, you can modify your lifestyle to avoid developing varicose veins. Jobs that require long periods of sitting or standing can put extra pressure on the heart and veins to keep the blood flowing from the feet back to the heart. Hormonal issues such as pregnancy, menopause and birth control pills may also weaken veins so that they twist and bulge. The lack of physical exercise may also contribute to developing varicose veins. Exercise keeps the muscles in the legs stronger so that they work well to keep the blood flowing.
Varicose veins can develop before they show beneath the skin. If you think you have any symptoms, set up a time to visit Canada Vein Clinics to learn about your options for removing your damaged veins. For your convenience, we have offices in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Ottawa, Kanata, Orleans, Kawartha Lakes, Halifax, Dartmouth and Moncton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for endovenous laser treatment.