Millions of patients suffer from vein conditions and symptomatic venous disorders. About 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men in the United States suffer from some vein problems. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive medical condition that worsens over time and affects the leg veins and vessels that carry oxygen-poor blood back toward the heart. Varicose veins, which are enlarged veins in the leg that appear like twisted, bulging cords, and, as a result, can progress to CVI if they remain untreated.
Symptoms of vein conditions.
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Swelling in the leg or ankle
- Leg pain, aching or cramping
- Skin changes
- Ulcers, open wounds, or sores
Each treatment option depends on the type of vein condition the doctor diagnoses. Options include:
- Endovascular venous stenting for May-Thurner syndrome
- Sclerotherapy and YAG laser treatment for spider veins
Endovenous laser therapy benefits
Endovenous laser therapy has definite advantages. This is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, but those who undergo laser treatment can expect the following.
- Limited to no downtime
- Quick office visit (procedure completed in the office)
- No general anesthesia necessary
- Minimal or no scarring
- A safe option for treating vein conditions
- Many insurance plans cover vein procedures
Recovery from endovenous laser therapy
Your physician will review the recovery process, but patients can expect to ice the area to reduce swelling and check the incision site daily to monitor for infection. Your doctor may want you to wear compression stockings and keep the area dry for a certain amount of time. Additionally, you will likely be asked to avoid hot baths and avoid sitting or standing for a long time. Most patients need to keep their legs raised when sitting and go for a short walk a certain amount of times per day.
If you’re interested in learning more about endovenous laser therapy, contact us.