Monday, January 23, 2012

Eliminate Varicose Veins with Endovenous Laser Treatment by Meredi Wagner-Hoehn

Who wants something on their body called “spider”? Spider and varicose veins plague thousands of people in the United States alone. Even if you’ve made peace with your body, it’s a little less easy to make peace with the spindly lines lacing the legs. And luckily, you don’t have to. Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) can eliminate spider and varicose veins swiftly and comfortably.

The EVLT Procedure

The EVLT process is swift and painless, allowing your Austin phlebologist to erase patients’ spider and varicose veins. Before and during the EVLT, ultrasound waves help the vein professional pin down precisely where the spider and varicose veins are located. Some veins trail off under the skin, making only part of them visible or no part at all. To make sure the EVLT accurately removes all the necessary veins, the ultrasound is used. Anesthetic applied to the specific areas allows the patient to undergo the procedure without any discomfort. The vein specialist inserts a small needle into each vein, delivering a laser probe from that needle. The laser causes the veins to collapse, closing them so they eventually dissolve. It only takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area being treated, and most patients choose to return to work the same day.

After the procedure, a compression bandage is applied. It’s recommended that patients wear compression stockings for about a week after treatment. Daily walks are encouraged, but hold off on extensive exercise for a week or two.

Expect mild pain, bruises and possible discoloration after the EVLT procedure. All side effects should be temporary. Generally, over-the-counter pain medications are enough to relieve any lingering irritants.

Is EVLT Dangerous?

Not in the least. The process of eliminating a vein has no negative side effects; the legs have so many veins, closing a few simply redirects the blood flow to more functional veins. This may even improve the patient’s circulation. The laser energy involved in EVLT allows for hardly any complications, as opposed to general surgery which comes with a number of risks. With a high success rate and no leftover scars, EVLT is a popular treatment option amongst patients and vein specialists for spider and varicose vein treatment.

To discuss the benefits of Endovenous Laser Treatment, call Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today. They’ll schedule you for an initial consultation, at which time Dr. Zimmet, renowned phlebologist, will discuss your unique situation with you.