What Happens During the Laser Vein Removal Process

Nearly half of all people age 50 and older are affected by varicose veins, and 15-25% of all adults. It’s a common condition, but one which can cause discomfort, disfigurement, disability and impairment to quality of life.

Removal of varicose veins improves circulation, which can alleviate associated symptoms of tiredness, swelling, pain and heaviness in the limb. Additionally, untreated venous disease is the main cause of more than 80% of all leg ulcers. Skin ulcers develop when an area of skin breaks down, exposing underlying tissue to air and bacteria.

Often, people suffering from varicose veins are afraid that the only way to treat them is through surgery. Many people have only heard of painful vein stripping surgery, where varicose veins are removed by a surgeon through a number of incisions, and requiring a lengthy recovery time post-operatively.

Although traditionally, only highly invasive surgical remedies were available for varicose vein removal or for the removal of smaller spider veins, varicose vein specialists now offer new laser vein removal options, which are available to replace old-fashioned surgical methods. For those who are experiencing varicose or spider veins and who would like a non-surgical option, there are two highly-effective treatments.

With endovenous laser ablation, after a local anesthesia is administered, the varicose vein specialist introduces a small catheter into the vein with ultrasound guidance. This is followed by a small laser fiber, which delivers gentle laser energy, causing the vein to close. The procedure takes only about 10 minutes to do and requires no hospitalization or surgery center.

During sclerotherapy for varicose veins, the varicose vein specialist uses a tiny needle to introduce an FDA-approved sclerosant into the vein, drops at a time. This gentle, yet effective medication causes the vein to collapse and close. Over time, the closed vein gets absorbed by the body and disappears. The sessions are typically completed in the office, within 20 minutes per leg.

Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding laser vein removal for your varicose vein or spider veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:

Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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