Varicose Vein Treatment at LA Laser Center
What are Varicose Veins?
As many as 25 Million people in the U.S. are affected by vein disorders. Varicose Veins (also known as Spider Veins) are usually red or blue veins that cluster just below the surface of your skin often branching out like small trees looking unsightly to the eye and lowing confidence levels of many individuals who possess them.
Visible signs of Varicose Veins include:
- Achy, tired or heavy feeling legs
- Large blue or purple veins just below your skin. Spider veins, varicose veins and open sores on the legs.
- Cramping or itching in your legs.
- Discolored skin in the area around the varicose vein. (Sometimes this symptom is incorrectly diagnosed as dry skin.)
Vein disease can sometimes cause discomfort in the legs. Despite these symptoms, vein issues are often considered a purely cosmetic problem. New information about vein disease has not yet reached many healthcare providers, leaving patients with inaccurate or inadequate information.
Treating Varicose Veins
Endovenous Laser Treatment for the elimination of varicose veins is quickly becoming the gold-standard in the treatment of varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Treatment uses laser energy, which is simply a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, so as not to affect the surrounding tissue. Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all types of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology. In the hands of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk for complications than conventional surgery.
In Endovenous Laser Treatment, a thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein through a very small entry point in the skin. A laser light is emitted through the fiber, as the fiber is pulled back through the vein, it delivers just the right amount of energy. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body’s blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other, healthy veins.
Some physicians are now using a jacketed fiber, which prevents any contact between the fiber and the vein wall. This prevents much of the pain and bruising that is often associated with the more conventional method of ligation and stripping. Some patients may experience temporary soreness or some slight swelling, which can be treated effectively with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers and typically subsides within the first five days.
The procedure is minimally invasive and requires no general anesthesia. Only local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the physician is working. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure and can resume normal activities the same day.
The VenaCure EVLT™ system utilizes this technology and method to eliminate varicose veins.
ClariVein®IC is a specialty infusion catheter with a rotating wire tip designed for the controlled 360-degree dispersion of physician-specified agents to the targeted treatment area. The ClariVein®IC is fully disposable, minimally invasive, and can be efficiently used in an office setting. ClariVein®IC offers many patient benefits including minimal post-operative pain and faster recovery.
Introduced through a microintroducer, infusion is through an opening at the distal end of the catheter and fluid delivery by use of a rotating dispersion wire.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of surface varicose veins. Ambulatory phlebectomy is usually performed in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. The area surrounding the varicose vein clusters is flooded with anesthetic fluid. A needle is then used to make a puncture next to the varicose vein and a small hook is inserted into the needle hole and the varicose vein is grasped and removed. The punctures typically leave nearly imperceptible scars.
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