Laser Treatment For Varicose Veins: The Basics
Varicose veins are a medical affliction that can result in cosmetic and emotional and health concerns. While they are unsightly, they are also a potential threat to health. These fine sketchy lines that create a fascinating pattern across legs and arms can grow. They can develop into a more severe instance of varicose veins or they may be themselves a secondary condition to varicose veins in many cases. When dealing only with spider veins, sclerotherapy is however, a more effective and controlled method of treating spider veins. IN many cases of varicose veins, a combination approach including endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy can produce satisfactory results in removing all sources and branches of varicose veins.
Laser for Treatment for Varicose Veins
In the past 14 years laser ablation under local anesthesia and at doctor’s offices have established themselves as very effective and safe treatment for many types of varicose veins. The latest break through came by introduction of radial laser in ablating greater and small saphenous vein reflux using a 1470nm laser system and special laser fiber tip that emits laser as 2 parallel laser circular laser beams directed efficiently at the endothelium of the vein targeted for ablation.
Each advance in technology seems to be an improvement over the other in terms of:
The time it takes to perform the procedure
The results and
The patient comfort during & after treatment & the length of recovery period
Most Important Step, Before Treatment
Before jumping to treat a varicose veins, a detailed ultrasound/color-duplex mapping of pattern and sources of reflux in leg veins must be done with the patient in standing position (an important fact ignored by many vein centers, leading to inaccurate reflux mapping and ultimately poor treatment outcomes. A compete study can take more than an hour. It is recommended for the treating doctor to gain competency to perform the ultrasound test personally, or at least be physically present during the ultrasound study and get involved in the study by guide the sonographer to cover all reflux possibilities. This important is too often ignored at most vein clinics, unfortunately.
Types of Laser Vein Ablation
Endovenous Laser Treatment: This requires a laser fiber is passed through a catheter beneath the skin and placed in the vein. The process is overseen through a duplex ultrasound screen.
Radial Laser endovenous vein ablation: The latest break through came by introduction of this radial laser in ablating greater and small saphenous vein reflux using a 1470nm laser system and special laser fiber tip that emits laser as 2 paralleled laser circular laser beams directed efficiently at the endothelium of the vein targeted for ablation. This is the preferred endovenous laser treatment by Dr. Khalil Fattahi at this time.
Both cosmetic and health concerns result in individuals seeking to remove varicose and spider veins. Clinics such as the Vein Specialty Medical Clinic offer help. Before you decide upon any form of treatment, laser or otherwise, be sure to consult someone who is knowledgeable in this field.
When it comes to removing varicose, Laser Treatment for Spider Veins is considered to be one of the best means of doing so in conjunction with foam sclerotherapy . If you have any questions about whether this is the right method for you, talk to the medical professionals at Vein Specialty Medical Clinic.