Laser vein removal, also known as endovenous laser ablation, is one of the most common kinds of treatment for varicose veins.
How Does It Work?
“Endovenous” is a medical term meaning “from within the vein.” Endovenous laser ablation refers to the process of closing veins from the inside with blasts of highly focused light from a laser.
During treatment, a small laser fiber is inserted into the problem vein, and the application of the laser causes the vein to close on its own. The problem vein is then harmlessly absorbed into the body. After the varicose vein is removed, the blood that was trying to circulate through the varicose vein is now able to circulate through the more robust veins deep in the leg.
Treatments typically take one hour.
Downtime is minimal, with patients able to return to normal activities the next day, and results appear soon after that.
Another option for those suffering from varicose veins is microphlebectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that is often combined with laser vein treatment. The process involves making a small (usually less than a millimeter) incision, through which the problem veins are then removed.
This procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes.
Patients experience no downtime and are able to take their bandages off only 24 hours later.