Varicose veins are dilated blood vessels that bulge outward from the skin. They occur when veins are not properly returning blood from the lower leg to the heart and can be painful and limit your ability to be active. They may cause other symptoms such as itching, burning, pressure and aching that typically worsens toward the end of the day. Severe cases sometimes lead to ulceration of the skin and occasional bleeding.
Larger varicose veins (bulging veins) are usually a result of faulty valves in the saphenous vein of the thigh and or calf. If this is the case, then closing that larger saphenous vein is required and done with EVLT. If there are any remaining bulging superficial veins, they can be treated by a technique called “Micro Phlebectomy. The veins are simply removed through tiny incisions using a small hook. Local anesthetic is usually all that is needed.
EVLT is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that is performed at our office. Faulty valves in the saphenous vein of the thigh and calf are often the primary cause of many vein problems. Laser energy closes the vein so that the blood cannot flow through it. This eliminates vein bulging at its source. Blood flow from the faulty vein will naturally divert to the many normal healthy veins in the leg after the laser therapy. Covered by most insurance carriers including Medicare.