In the past varicose veins were removed using a procedure called vein stripping. But with advances in vein treatment Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) became the gold standard in vein care. EVLT is a minimally invasive and non-surgical procedure used to treat varicose veins without surgery. At USA Vein Clinics this treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes around 15 to 20 minutes. During this procedure a tiny images guided procedure is inserted in to the affected vein, which sends laser energy inside and along the length of the vein. The energy shrinks the vein closed so that blood can no longer flow through it. Healthy vein immediately take over blood flow. There is no hospitalization required after this procedure and patients can resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.
A new study in UK reveals that EVLT remains the best option for the treatment of varicose vein. Researchers examined 798 participants who had varicose veins and were treated at 11 vascular centers in the UK. The participants underwent one of the 3 types of treatments: closing off the veins with a laser, injecting a drug in to the vein or surgically removing the vein. The researchers also found that EVLT of the great saphenous vein had a success rate of 83%. The great saphenous vein is the longest in the body and runs along the length of the leg. After 6 months the researchers compared the results, the main findings indicated that:
“Endovenous Laser Therapy was the preferred treatment for varicose veins.”
Varicose veins are caused by varicosities; dysfunctional valves in the veins that affect the circulation of blood and present many painful symptoms. People with varicose veins have defected valves that can leak and causing blood pooling in the vein. Endovenous Laser Therapy completely seals the varicosities and the symptoms of varicose veins gradually disappear.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of venous insufficiency such as painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, leg swelling or heaviness, restless legs, itching burning or discoloration in the legs call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with our leading vein and vascular specialists. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.