The use of laser treatments in medical procedures has been around for decades. Thanks to the latest and greatest in technology, lasers are now used for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including vein disease.
Unlike varicose vein treatment of previous generations, which required hospital-based vein stripping surgery, the state-of-the-art treatment available today involves the use of a minimally-invasive laser treatment that uses laser heat to “close” the diseased vein, thus removing the source of the patient’s bulging, painful varicose veins. Today’s endovenous laser treatment provides vein patients with an in-office procedure which involves minimal downtime and discomfort and is performed under local anesthesia.
How Does Laser Vein Therapy for Varicose Veins Work?
Endovenous laser vein treatment is used to “close” certain diseased veins that are seen only by ultrasound. This minimally-invasive procedure is performed right in the comfort and convenience of Dr. Robert Cutchen’s Albuquerque vein clinic. Under ultrasound guidance, a long thin laser fiber is passed up inside the length of the vein to be treated. The fiber tip is positioned precisely and then local anesthetic is injected to surround the entire length of the vein. The laser is then activated and pulled back through the vein, burning and closing the vein. The treated vein is then left in place and it disappears on its own over the course of 6-12 months.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for varicose vein laser therapy are patients who have been experiencing symptoms, such as heavy, achy, tired legs, visible bulging varicose veins and swelling/pain at the end of the day, and have been diagnosed with venous reflux by way of diagnostic ultrasound performed in our office. Because symptomatic venous reflux is a medical issue, most insurance providers will cover treatment costs, and Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute participates with almost all insurance plans.
What Results Can I Expect?
Immediately after the procedure, your leg may have some bruising, which will gradually disappear over the course of two weeks. You will be required to wear compression stockings during your recovery period for a prescribed amount of time and should walk for 30 minutes daily for 3-4 weeks.
Patients can expect to resume normal activities immediately, although it is common to experience some discomfort and bruising along the treatment area, which typically resolves in 1-2 weeks post-procedure. Ibuprofen may be taken for any pain. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 1-2 weeks. Patients will be seen in follow-up at 6 weeks and 6 months. The vast majority of patients notice a significant improvement of symptoms.
If you would like to learn more about Varicose Vein treatment, please call our office at 505-848-VEIN today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.