A varicose vein is a large swollen twisted vein seen on legs and feet. It is a condition in which the veins have difficulty sending blood from the legs back to the heart. Exercise, elevation and elastic compression along with the treatment can help to cure varicose vein.
Varicose veins are rope-like veins that have lost its ability to recirculate blood to the heart. This results in bulging of the veins, which can be seen on the surface of the legs. Varicose veins can be itchy, painful and can cause fatigue.
Until recently, varicose veins were corrected through surgeries. The procedures used may require repeated treatments.
But today with the advancement in technologies such as laser treatment for varicose veins, it has become less painful for patients. Minimal invasive laser therapy for varicose veins can get rid of the twisted leg veins. Laser treatment also helps in preventing complications.
What is laser therapy for varicose veins?
A laser is a focused beam of light. Laser heat kills the damaged vein, leaving scar tissue, which closes the vein. This closed vein dies soon after it loses its source of blood. These veins are likely to disappear after a few months or so. The laser is much less painful than traditional surgeries.
Leg vein treatment ranges from self-care to surgery or laser. If you have mild symptoms of varicose veins, you can start by regular exercising and make sure you don’t do long-standing work. It would be great if you walk every 1 hour. Also, avoid soaking in the hot bath for long. This way you can avoid getting new varicose veins.
In order to treat varicose veins there are other preferred methods as well;
- Compression stockings apply pressure to help the movement of the blood to the heart. The pressure reduces the chances of a blood clot and swelling in the legs.
- Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for leg veins. Today dermatologists use improved sclerotherapy to treat minor varicose veins and spider veins. It improves blood circulation and reduces swelling in the legs.
- Laser Treatment for varicose veins is becoming a popular treatment method that dermatologists use. It is much effective and less painful vein treatment technique. Many patients can return to their routine work even the next day. The small veins disappear immediately and the larger varicose veins may fade in a month or two.
Care: Every patient may need to protect the treated skin from the sun for about 4-5 weeks. This helps prevent the skin from getting dark spots or skin cancer.
What is Laser Ablation?
Endovenous Photo ablation or laser ablation is the process of removal of varicose veins by irradiating veins with a laser beam. The process uses radiofrequency that burn abnormal veins which lead to varicose veins.
The procedure takes about an hour. But if you have multiple varicose veins, you may need 5-6 sittings.
How much does the Laser ablation costs?
The cost of the endovenous laser ablation therapy (EVLT) depends upon how many veins need to be treated. EVLT ranges from $600 to $3500 but majorly subject to individuals and their symptoms.
If you are worried about the cost, don't be. Insurance can cover up the cost of the treatments. There are several clinics that tie-up with the insurance firms to reduce the burden of the cost of the treatment.
Stretching and exercising help increase blood circulation and thus reduces the chances of varicose veins. You may see a big difference in leg veins before and after the treatment. There will be no heavy feeling in your legs after the treatment. Burning, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs will disappear after EVLT.