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If you're hesitating pulling out your favorite pair of shorts to throw on on a hot summer day, you don't have to. This is the time of the year to think about laser treatments for varicose veins. It’s a fast, minimally invasive, and painless procedure with almost immediate results.
Laser treatments for varicose veins will be considered once you’ve tried more conservative measures. 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.
So, let’s look at laser treatments for varicose veins, and what you can expect if they’re recommended for you.
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 tended 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.
No. Patients have described feeling a funny or unfamiliar sensation, but the laser treatment is not painful. These are outpatient procedures that are well tolerated. They cause minimum pain and side effects. You may see some bruising, swelling or discoloration after your procedure.
Usually about 45 minutes.
You should be back to your usual activities in one to two days.
The procedure requires only local anesthesia.
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 pre-authorization prior to your procedure to avoid unexpected costs.
Varicose veins not only make your legs look unpleasant, in some cases, they can also cause pain and lead to more serious health problems. That’s why you should talk to your doctor about them as soon as you can. Early treatment ensures that you can get rid of the problem more effectively.
If you have more questions about varicose vein treatment, check out our free download that details the causes, stages, and the most popular treatment options to consider when it comes to varicose veins.