For many people, varicose veins and spider veins are cosmetic concerns. For other people, varicose veins cause pain and discomfort. DHR Health Vein Institute provides laser vein ablation and other services for all patients who wish to eliminate their varicose veins. Before undergoing any treatment, you probably have many questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about laser vein ablation.
1. What is Laser Vein Ablation?
Laser vein ablation is a minimally-invasive treatment option that uses laser light energy to effectively eliminate problematic veins. The vein specialist uses a small laser fiber in the damaged vein. Pulses of laser light are delivered as the fiber is pulled through the vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut. Blood will then re-route to other vessels.
2. What are the Benefits of Laser Vein Ablation?
The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and provides a quick relief of your symptoms. You can return to normal activity sooner than with traditional surgery.
3. How Long Does the Treatment Take?
For varicose veins in the legs, treatment times can vary depending on a number of factors.
4. What Restrictions are There After the Treatment?
There are very few restrictions after treatment. If you had varicose veins removed from your legs, you will most likely have to wear compression stockings for a set amount of time.
5. How Quickly Can Normal Activities Be Resumed?
Patients typically resume work and their normal day-to-day activities within just days.
6. How Soon After Treatment Will Symptoms Improve?
Patients may notice a difference in the prominence of their varicose veins within days to weeks. Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within weeks.
7. How Effective is the Treatment?
Laser vein ablation has been used clinically since 2003. Studies have shown that it is more than 90 percent effective, and any recurrence of varicose veins is unusual.
For more youthful-looking legs, less pain, and improved circulation, turn to the physicians at DHR Health Vein Institute in South Texas. Book an appointment at our office in McAllen and see if you are a candidate for laser vein ablation or one of our other procedures. Contact us today to set up your consultation!