Varicose veins not only pose a cosmetic problem, but they may sometimes escalate to a serious medical condition like deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism if treatment isn’t provided. Are you unhappy at the prospect of having surgery to treat varicose veins? Surgery doesn’t have to be your only choice.
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Laser vein treatment is a relatively recent technology, now being used for treating varicose veins. During laser vein treatment, the health care provider heats the inside of the vein, causing the vein to narrow and eventually disappear.
The VeinGuard Heart & Vascular Center is a premier laser vein treatment facility in Fairfax VA. Dr. Fareeha Khan is a highly-qualified and reputed board certified cardiologist. Visit us today to learn more about the laser vein treatment and to schedule a consultation with her.
What Does Laser Vein Treatment Involve?
Laser light produces highly intense heat waves. This heat has the ability to shrink blood vessels and close-off circulation. When vessels get closed, the body finds a new pathway to pump blood to the rest of the body.
Varicose veins are formed due to the malfunctioning of the veins. In a person with a healthy vascular system, the veins transport the deoxygenated blood from the rest of the body and back towards the heart. But, when there is damage or disease in the vein, it doesn’t perform its intended job.
Instead of blood flowing upwards from the vein to the heart, the blood begins to pool inside the veins, causing the vein to get abnormally enlarged. The laser light, when directed towards the varicose vein, can shrink the vein and ensure that the blood doesn’t have any space to pool. Once shrunk and with no circulation, the vein naturally disintegrates and is reabsorbed by the body.
Laser vein treatment is an outpatient procedure without the need for surgery. The patient can request sedation, although it is generally not used. It can typically be completed within one to two hours.
Eligibility Criteria for Laser Vein Treatment
People who can undergo laser vein treatment:
- Must be above the age of 18 and with severe varicose veins
- Must experience severe pain in the legs where varicose veins are present
- Must have cosmetic concerns like discolored skin, rough skin patches, and visible varicose veins
Expecting women, lactating mothers and people with any medical condition are advised to seek Dr. Fareeha Khan’s advice before scheduling the procedure.
The laser vein treatment starts with a consultation. Our board-certified vascular specialist will conduct a complete medical examination to assess your cardiac and vascular health. For most patients, the great saphenous vein and its branches in the lower limbs have the highest concentration of varicose veins and treatment is usually started there. At the VeinGuard Heart & Vascular Center, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to vascular health. We will identify the varicose vein treatment spots using an ultrasound scan, then we will develop a customized approach to ensure the laser vein treatment delivers the best results.
On the day of the treatment, we will sterilize the treatment area with an alcohol solution. Next, our doctor makes a tiny incision on the selected spot and inserts a needle into your body near the vein to be treated. The doctor then anesthetizes the vein to numb it completely.
A needle is used to make another small incision in the treated vein. The team of the physician, nurses, and technicians use ultrasound to guide the insertion of the catheter and then later, to guide the laser treatment.
The laser is inserted into the vein using a thin optical fiber inside a catheter. Then the laser is activated and the heat is directed towards the vein. The treatment starts from the deepest section of the vein in the body and then moves outwards towards the skin surface.
Infrared light from the laser causes the vein to contract. This laser heat is provided to each section of the vein for a few seconds. Then the laser is moved to the next section of the vein. The heat reduces the swelling inside the varicose vein, causing it to close-up completely.
Once all the varicose veins are treated, the laser is gently eased out of your vein. The incisions are closed up and the doctor will apply a bandage on your foot. This will provide the required pressure that is needed to supplement the laser treatment.
Side effects from laser vein treatment may include bruising, bleeding, temporary numbness, and infection at the injection site. These complications are usually mild. Your physician will let you know how to look out for signs of complications following your procedure.
You will have nothing to worry about at the VeinGuard Heart & Vascular Center. Our team of highly-qualified cardiac and vascular doctors have extensive experience performing laser vein treatment on people of all ages. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands with us.
Laser Vein Treatment is a very safe treatment that offers a quick solution to varicose veins. Most patients don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment. You will be advised to stay off your feet for a few days. This will give your veins a chance to heal. You can start taking walks after the first week. However, avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks after the treatment.
Results of the treatment are typically very satisfactory, with up to 98% of varicose veins that have been treated with the procedure remaining closed when checked after 5 years. Your provider may want to perform follow-up testing to make sure the treated blood vessel remains closed. Laser vein treatment is more effective than traditional surgical stripping procedures for varicose veins. Patients typically must wear some form of compression garment over the treated area for a short time after the procedure is completed.