Vein problems such as varicose veins can cause unrelenting pain and embarrassment. When you need to have one or more veins treated permanently, call on the Vein Care Center in New York City and Northern New Jersey. Experts, like Dr. Jonathan Arad, diagnose and treat all types of vein abnormalities, and sometimes the recommended procedure is an endovenous laser ablation, which destroys the problem vein from the inside, permanently. Call today for a consultation.
Endovenous laser ablation or EVLA refers to an advanced, non-surgical method of treating varicose veins with the help of heat from a laser. Also called endovenous laser treatment or EVLT, it’s a relatively painless process, especially when compared with intensive surgical techniques, such as open or endoscopic vein surgery. While both are effective vein treatments, endovenous laser ablation is much less invasive.
In this laser treatment, the laser heat is used to destroy a degraded vein. The dead tissue of the vein naturally dissolves and is discarded by your body. The blood that used to flow through that vein finds other healthy veins to use.
At the Vein Care Center, with locations in New York City and across Northern New Jersey, Dr. Jonathan Arad and other specialists expertly diagnose and treat cases of leg pain due to damaged veins, large arm veins and varicose veins. Dr. Arad is a board certified vein surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of abnormal vein conditions.
While an endovenous laser ablation procedure may be done as cosmetic therapy to remove an unsightly varicose vein, it’s more often performed to eliminate pain from an abnormal vein. There are medical implications to leaving painful varicose veins untreated, including:
During your initial consultation with Dr. Arad or another vein specialist at the Vein Care Center, you can expect a physical exam, medical history questions and perhaps even diagnostic imaging tests. The goal is to reach a diagnosis to determine the cause and severity of your condition, which must precede treatment.
The procedure for an endovenous laser ablation follows a series of standard steps, but your vein specialist customizes it to suit your needs. It’s a relatively painless procedure done on an outpatient basis right in the doctor’s office. The steps include:
The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes per vein. After the process, you stay for a short period of observation, and then you can return home to recover. During your endovenous laser ablation recovery, follow your doctor’s instructions, including:
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If you’re getting a laser treatment to relieve pain caused by your varicose veins, you won’t need any additional treatments. The ablation procedure removes the vein that was causing the pain. If you listen to your doctor’s advice for avoiding the causes of varicose veins, you may never need another vein removal procedure.
If you wish to improve the overall appearance of your legs or arms, you may need additional EVLA treatments to make the scars disappear completely. You may also get complementary procedures, especially if you have more than one vein to treat. Not all veins are suitable for EVLT. Other procedures your vascular specialist may recommend include:
Choose a vein specialist who has the training and experience, as well as access to the latest medical technology, to examine and treat your vein conditions. Contact the Vein Care Center today.