Endovenous Laser Ablation (VenaCure EVLT™)
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a treatment alternative to surgical stripping of varicose veins. Under ultrasound visualization a thin laser fiber is inserted into damaged vein. A laser light is emitted through the fiber delivering energy that causes the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed off are superficial veins that handle less than 5% of your blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other veins. Afterwards, prescription compression stockings are placed on the treated leg for 2 weeks.
The entire procedure typically lasts 30 minutes and requires only a local anesthesia. Intravenous sedation is available for those patients who are uncomfortable having the procedure done under local anesthesia.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of varicose veins at the surface of the skin. Small nicks are made next to the varicose veins and segments of the vein are removed through these small nicks. This is frequently done in the office using local anesthesia or IV sedation. Afterwards, a compression wrap is placed for one day and the patient is advised to wear prescription stockings for one week. Normal activities may be resumed next day. After the healing process, there is no visible scar.