Once you’ve made the decision to seek treatment for your varicose veins, there are a few options to consider. If your varicose veins aren’t too severe, simple changes like losing weight, improving your hygiene or wearing support stockings can make a difference. However, more serious cases require more serious treatment.
For many years, surgery was one of the better options for sufferers of varicose veins. Typically involving tying off a vein or removing parts of a vein through small incisions, the surgery was minimally invasive, but tending to have fairly lengthy recovery times.
However, regardless of how small the surgery to treat varicose veins might be, it’s still surgery requiring anesthesia. Luckily—and thanks to the advancement of medical lasers—patients now have another option for treating their painful and potentially dangerous varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment involves inserting a thin laser into the vein. Since that might sound intimidating, we broke down a few frequently asked questions to put your mind at ease.
Will it hurt?
No. Patients have described feeling a funny or unfamiliar sensation, but the laser treatment is not painful.
How long will it take?
Usually just about 45 minutes.
What’s the recovery like?
You should be back to your usual activities in one to two days.
Do I have to be put under?
The procedure requires only a local anesthesia.
Will my insurance cover it?
Varicose veins are recognized as a medical condition, so many insurance companies are covering the procedure. Just make sure your doctor checks with your insurance company and receives preauthorization prior to your procedure to avoid unexpected costs.
If you have more questions about varicose vein treatment, check out our free download of the Top Eight Questions about varicose vein treatment.