If you have varicose veins, you have likely given some thought to the idea of having them treated for removal. It may be because of the appearance of them, or it may be because of symptoms that you are experiencing. In some cases, it may be both. A number of treatment methods are available. Lasers are often used to treat varicose veins. Much of the time, the laser energy is directed to the veins from outside the skin. However, in the case of larger veins, endovenous laser ablation may be used.
Endovenous laser ablation involves the laser energy being delivered from inside the veins. Lasers are highly concentrated pulses of light. When used to treat varicose veins, this light energy is focused onto the veins that have been selected for removal. As the vein absorbs the energy, it is safely destroyed by the heat that the laser creates. Technological developments enable the laser energy to be directed to the veins without the surrounding tissue being harmed. Lasers are used to treat both varicose veins and their smaller counterparts, spider veins.
In situations where the veins are too large to be effectively treated with laser energy from outside the skin, they may be treated endovenously. This is a more effective method when the veins are large. It is done when a laser fiber sends energy to the walls of the vein from the inside. It is moved through the vein, emitting energy as it goes. This energy safely destroys the vein and blood flow is rerouted through other, healthier veins.
Endovenous laser ablation is a good alternative to the more invasive vein stripping surgery, which is done in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. If you want to stay away from this type of surgery, consider endovenous laser ablation at our office.
Varicose veins happen almost exclusively in the legs. Inside the veins are valves that only allow the blood to flow one way. If they quit functioning as they should, the blood can begin to flow backwards because of the gravitational pull acting on it. This causes the blood to pool and exert added pressure on the inside of the vessel walls. As a result, they enlarge and become varicose.
Varicose veins are usually visible through the skin and can even cause the skin to bulge. These two factors can negatively affect the appearance, which is why many people explore treatment options. Many people also have symptoms that are caused by the condition. They can make life uncomfortable, which is another reason for treatment.
When lasers are the treatment of choice for the removal of varicose veins, endovenous laser ablation should be considered for the larger vessels. This will provide some degree of consistency in the therapy. During a consultation at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, you can get all the facts about this safe and effective treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.