The Complete Guide to Endovenous Laser Therapy | Q&A from VTC Experts

June 22, 2019
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The Complete Guide to Endovenous Laser Therapy

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a popular choice for treating varicose veins. It is safe, minimally invasive, and highly effective. Unlike painful, invasive vein stripping surgery that was once the standard protocol for venous disorders, the Endovenous Laser Therapy procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia. No hospital stay is necessary, and the treatment is completed in your vein doctor’s office.

Endovenous Laser Treatment usually takes less than an hour, and little or no recovery time is necessary. Most patients return to their normal activities same-day. Your vein doctor in New York or vein doctor in New Jersey can evaluate your condition to determine whether Endovenous Laser Therapy is right for you.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

The first step in understanding how Endovenous Laser Therapy works is knowing how varicose veins develop in the first place.

Veins play a critical role in moving blood through your body. After the arteries deliver oxygenated blood to your organs and tissues, veins carry it back to the heart. From there it is pumped to the lungs, where it picks up a fresh oxygen supply. However, veins face a number of obstacles. The biggest concern is transporting blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. After all, veins are working against gravity to complete this task.

Healthy veins have a series of tiny one-way valves that open for blood to pass through, then close so that there is no backflow. If the valves are damaged through injury or disease, blood has an opportunity to leak back towards the legs, ankles, and feet. It pools in the lower part of the body, putting pressure on other valves, as well as vein walls. This condition is referred to as venous hypertension.

As pressure grows, veins swell. Over time, they protrude against the surface of the skin, and they take on a knotted, rope-like appearance. When this occurs, they are referred to as varicose veins. Sometimes, unhealthy veins take on a different appearance. They are visible just beneath the surface of the skin in a web of blue, purple, or red lines. These are referred to as spider veins.

The biggest cause of varicose veins and spider veins in the lower part of the body is an underlying vein disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Unfortunately, this condition often goes undiagnosed, and over time, symptoms get worse. If you are experiencing any symptoms of vein disease, it is critical to see your vein doctor in NY or vein doctor in NJ to ensure your condition is correctly identified, and you receive the right treatment for your specific needs.

What are the Symptoms of Vein Disease?

Varicose veins are the most obvious signs of vein disease, but many patients write them off as an unsightly, uncomfortable, but ultimately harmless nuisance. When varicose veins are left untreated, you may start to notice other symptoms of vein disease. For example, many patients experience swelling and heaviness in their legs, and they may have near-constant achiness. Some people have leg cramps, often at night, and others develop Restless Leg Syndrome.

As the condition worsens, you may notice changes in your skin. This is most common around areas that are already swollen. Skin feels tight and itchy, and the texture changes. Eventually, it becomes fragile and discolored. Minor cuts and scrapes can become serious wounds that don’t seem to heal. If you reach this point, the biggest concern is infection. Open wounds may allow bacteria to enter your body. Skin infections like cellulitis are very painful, and they can be dangerous. In many cases, patients with cellulitis must be hospitalized for aggressive treatment.

How Does Endovenous Laser Therapy Work?

All of the advanced varicose vein treatments have the same goal: to close the unhealthy vein so that blood automatically reroutes through healthier vessels. Endovenous Laser Treatment seal unhealthy veins through the use of targeted laser energy.

When you visit your vein treatment clinic for Endovenous Laser Therapy, your vein specialist begins by applying a local anesthetic to the area being treated. This works to numb the area, so you don’t have discomfort during the procedure.

Your vein doctor will make a small incision near the unhealthy vein. Using ultrasound for guidance, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the unhealthy vein. The laser energy is applied to the walls of the vessel, causing it to permanently close. Blood reroutes through other veins, and the tissue from the unhealthy veins is reabsorbed by your body. In a matter of weeks, you will start to see improvement in the appearance of your varicose veins.

After the procedure, your leg will be wrapped in an elastic compression bandage to encourage healing. In a day or two, your physician will ask you to switch to compression stockings. These promote healthy circulation in your legs, ankles, and feet. You can resume nearly all of your regular activities right away, though you might have to avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of weeks after your treatment.

What are the Side Effects and Risks of Endovenous Laser Therapy?

After the procedure, you might notice some soreness, swelling, and/or bruising around the treated area. Your vein doctor will recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed. These side effects are generally gone within five days of your treatment.

Endovenous Laser Therapy is considered very safe, and risks are minimal – especially when compared to invasive vein stripping surgery. In rare cases, patients have developed infections, bleeding, nerve damage, blood clots, or changes in skin color over the area where the treated vein is located. Your vein specialists will review the risks of each treatment option with you to ensure that your treatment plan is right for your individual situation.

Are There Alternatives to Endovenous Laser Therapy?

Advances in medicine have resulted in a variety of minimally invasive varicose vein treatments that permanently close unhealthy veins. These are some of the other options available to you:

  • Sсlеrоthеrару – Uses a medical injection to close varicose veins
  • VenaSeal – Seals diseased veins with a medical adhesive
  • Radiofrequency Ablаtіоn (RFA) – Relies on thermal energy to close unhealthy veins
  • Clarivein – Uses an advanced tool to administer medication for closing varicose veins
  • Varithena – Uses a medical foam to close varicose veins

Each has its own set of pros and cons, so it is best to discuss your options with your vein doctor once you have received a comprehensive evaluation.

How Do I Choose a Vein Doctor?

The most important consideration when choosing a physician to treat varicose veins is whether the doctor specializes in venous disorders. While your general practitioner or dermatologist may suggest treatment methods, only a vein specialist has the education and experience needed to give you an accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan that uses the most advanced treatment methods.

The Board-Certified doctors at the Vein Treatment Clinic are uniquely qualified to provide you with the highest standard of care. These award-winning professionals are exclusively focused on conditions impacting veins, so they are experts in the field. Visit the Vein Treatment Clinic online to schedule your appointment or call 855-699-2004 for more information.

Meet our certified diplomate team

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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