Laser Vein Ablation, Step By Step
You will be asked to lie down. The doctor will use a pen to mark the area that’s going to be treated with the help of an ultrasound scanner.
If the doctor is going to perform endovenous laser therapy, then they’ll inject a local anesthetic in the area so you don’t feel any pain.
The doctor passes a laser fiber through the catheter. They use it on each vein for about 5 minutes. The entire session lasts about 30 minutes.
What To Expect After The Procedure
You will be able to walk and go back to your normal activities after the session. However, you shouldn’t dive or do any strenuous activities for some time.
You may feel some pain and a tightening sensation a few days after the procedure, which is normal. You will be asked to wear compression stockings and to avoid getting water on the treated area.
Frequently Asked Questions
How effective is laser therapy?
Laser ablation has been used as a treatment for treat spider and varicose veins for over 20 years. It works over 95% of the time.
Nevertheless, you may need several sessions to see the effects of the treatment. You will discuss the number of sessions and their frequency with your doctor. Let them know if you’ve already had laser therapy in the past.
How long does it take to see the results?
Depending on the size of the veins, it can take from 3 to 9 months for the veins to disappear.
Am I a good candidate for this vein treatment?
Almost all patients are suitable for laser treatment for spider veins. However, if you have any of the following conditions, the doctor may recommend other options.
- Having cancer, diabetes, herpes
- Taking blood thinners
- Having tattoos in the area
Also, if you have a severe case of varicose veins, the vein specialist may advise you to have a sclerotherapy treatment or a vein removal instead.
Which are the risks and side effects of vein laser ablation?
Laser therapy is one of the safest alternatives for treating varicose and spider veins. The risks are minimal and usually go away easily. They include:
- Skin burns or burning feeling
- Color changes
- Blood clots
To avoid any risk, you should choose a qualified vein doctor to perform the procedure. In our vein center, all of our specialists are highly professional and experienced.
Are there possible serious complications?
Serious complications after vein laser therapy are very rare. They include:
- Thrombophlebitis: swelling of a vein produced by a blood clot. These clots are not dangerous and are absorbed by the body.
- Nerve damage: you may notice some numb areas on your skin. This usually improves after some weeks.
- DVT: is a blood clot in the deep veins. It can be dangerous if the clot gets to the lungs.
Which are other options to treat spider veins and varicose veins?
Veins can be treated using different procedures. Depending on your medical history and the severity of your case, one of our vein doctors may also recommend one of the following treatment options: