Laser ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure for varicose veins, that is typically performed in office or clinic with a physician. A small fiber optical laser is inserted into a vein from a very small incision and then directed to an area that is incompetent. A laser light is then produced through the fiber optic heating the vein from within, causing it to shrink and collapse. This treatment is typically used for large varicose veins in the legs and it usually takes less than half a day to perform.
Some of the benefits to using this technique are:
- Reduced chance of developing stasis ulcers
- Better blood circulation
- Better pain relief from discomfort
- Minimally invasive, easy treatment with quick recovery
- Improved self-confidence as a result of improved appearance
Patients that undergo this procedure are often worried that the loss of the vein might pose a problem for them later. The good news that since these veins are superficial, they are not necessary for the transfer of blood in the circulatory system. The body quickly reroutes vein traffic once a vein has been altered or destroyed.
Alternatives to Laser ablation is typically surgery, which can be moderately painful and have significant side effects, including pain, permanent scarring, longer downtime for recovery, and requires anesthesia.
LASER ABLATION: Before Care Instructions
LASER ABLATION: After Care Instructions
LASER ABLATION: Risk and Complications
LASER ABLATION: Discharge Instructions