Laser vein treatment or photo-ablation is an image-guided, minimally invasive technique to treat varicose or spider veins. Popularly known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a type of treatment uses ultrasound guidance. The procedure is performed by a phlebologist, an interventional radiologist or a vascular surgeon.
What is Laser Vein Treatment?
Laser Ablation treatment is usually performed in patients with varicose veins, hidden varicose veins, spider veins, venous leg ulcers or any kind of venous insufficiencies. The patient is first diagnosed using ultrasound scanning techniques by an expert. The procedure of diagnosis is always performed with patients being wide awake. Local anesthesia is used before the treatment; if the patient isn’t confident general anesthesia may be used.
Once the patient is ready for the treatment, the vein to be treated is identified with the ultrasound imaging guidance. The laser vein removal for the twisted, entangled viscose veins is performed by two or more doctors, where one uses ultrasound to detect the site carefully and others prepare for the treatment.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the site of treatment, a needle or catheter is inserted through this numb area.
In some EVLA systems, a guided wire is positioned precisely using an ultrasound technique to detect the veins properly.
Once the device has been passed under the ultrasound, the local anesthesia solution is then injected around the veins. A fluid solution is also injected that helps to reduce laser heat and damages the infected vein.
Laser Ablation for Spider Veins is done to get rid of not just the spider veins, but it also helps to minimize pain, fatigue and also prevent complications.
Laser Varicose Vein Removal helps damage the infected and unhealthy veins and reroutes the blood through the healthy veins to the heart.
Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart and veins carry deoxygenated blood to the heart and thus the functioning of both the blood vessels helps establish a healthy heart and body. Severe cases of spider and varicose veins can lead to high blood pressure, fatigue, heaviness in legs, and heart or lung diseases. Hence, the treatment becomes important.
Laser Vein Treatment usually takes about 40-60 minutes, make sure you come 15-minutes before the EVLA treatment.
What are the side effects of Laser Ablation?
Laser Ablation side effects majorly include;
The pre-treatment diagnosis is important to know about other diseases or deficiencies.
Laser treatment is not advised for every patient, it is recommended that one must consult with the concerned doctor before going for the procedure.
Laser Ablation before and after changes are seen within a few weeks, just one small incision can change the skin to completely new and healthy. Patients can resume normal activities within a day. There are no major issues after the procedure yet you must take care of the diet along with;
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