The Benefits of Laser Vein Ablation for Treating Varicose Veins

June 22, 2019
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The Benefits of Laser Vein Ablation for Treating Varicose Veins

At one time, the only option for treating varicose veins was an invasive surgical procedure called vein stripping. Fortunately, there have been significant advances in this area of medicine. Today, vascular surgery is rarely necessary. New treatment methods, including Endоvеnоuѕ Laser Ablаtіоn (EVLA), are minimally invasive and can be performed in your vein doctor’s office. Very little recovery time is needed, and most patients return to their normal activities the same day.

What Causes Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

When your circulatory system is working well, arteries carry oxygenated blood from the lungs to the rest of your body. Once the oxygen has been delivered to your organs and tissues, veins carry the deoxygenated blood back to your heart, which pumps it to the lungs for a fresh oxygen supply. Varicose veins and spider veins develop because your blood vessels are struggling to move blood efficiently.

Veins are working against gravity to move blood from the lower half of your body to your heart. Nonetheless, they are able to get the job done with the help of one-way valves strategically placed throughout the vessels. The valves open to let blood through, then they close to prevent any backflow.

Injury or disease can damage the valves, which allows blood to leak through. As the leak gets more serious, blood starts to pool in the lower part of the body. This puts additional pressure on the vessels, often damaging the vein walls. In many cases, the pressure causes more valves to fail, making the problem worse.

As vessel walls grow weaker and more blood collects in the veins, they start to swell. When the veins are located close to the surface of your skin, they tend to protrude against your skin. For example, varicosities are common in the long saphenous vein, because it is located just beneath the skin.

When veins take on a thick, twisted, rope-like appearance, they are referred to as varicose veins. When they resemble red, blue, or purple webs, they are referred to as spider veins. In either case, the issue may be more serious than a bit of swelling and an unattractive appearance. Varicose and spider veins can signal underlying vein disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI).

CVI often goes undiagnosed, because general practitioners, dermatologists, and physicians in other specialties simply focus on treating the specific varicose veins and spider veins causing your discomfort. Visiting a specialized vein doctor in New York or vein doctor in New Jersey ensures that you receive an accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

What is Laser Vein Ablation?

Endоvеnоuѕ Laser Ablаtіоn (EVLA), often called laser vein ablation, is a popular method of treating varicose veins and spider veins. It has been studied extensively, and research shows it is both safe and effective. Because there is no general anesthesia involved, your vein treatment clinic typically offers the procedure on-site.

Laser vein ablation begins with the injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. This ensures that you experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Next, a small incision is made in the skin. Using ultrasound guidance for accuracy, your vein doctor delivers laser energy to the vein through a tiny laser fiber. The laser energy permanently closes the treated vein, and blood is automatically rerouted to other, healthier veins. The tissue from the sealed vessel is eventually reabsorbed by your body, eliminating the pain, swelling, and unsightly appearance of varicose and spider veins.

The entire procedure takes just 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the number and severity of veins being treated. Though you will have to wear a compression bandage for a couple of days, then compression stockings for a bit longer, you can return to most of your normal activities right away. Your vein doctor will schedule a follow up appointment to ensure the procedure was successful.

Laser vein ablation has been used since 2003, and studies have shown that it is more than 90 percent effective. Unlike the now-obsolete vein stripping procedure offered by vascular surgeons, recurrence of varicose veins is unusual after laser vein ablation. Your vein doctor in NY or vein doctor in NJ can conduct a full exam to determine if this treatment option is right for you.

What are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Laser Vein Ablation?

Overall, laser vein ablation is considered a safe and effective solution for treating varicose veins, spider veins, and underlying vein disease such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency. These are the primary benefits and drawbacks to discuss with your vein specialist when making your decision:

Benefits:

  • No general anesthesia required
  • No surgical incision required
  • Fewer complications than surgery
  • More effective than surgery, both short-term and long-term
  • Minimal pain during and after the procedure
  • Low risk of scarring from the procedure
  • Little or no down-time following laser vein ablation

Drawbacks:

  • As with any procedure that requires cutting the skin, there is a small risk of infection
  • Occasional bruising and/or tenderness in the treated area

The Board-Certified experts at the Vein Treatment Clinic specialize in diagnosing and treating vein disease. They will conduct a thorough exam to determine the underlying cause of your varicose veins and spider veins, and they will review all of your treatment options with you. If laser vein ablation is the best choice for your situation, an experienced vein specialist will perform the procedure on-site.

Visit the Vein Treatment Clinic online for more information about treatment options and to schedule your initial consultation. Clinic staff are also available to schedule your appointment by phone at 855.699.2004.

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.
Read more >>

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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