Varicose Vein Laser Surgery: EVLT
Pittsburgh, PA & Columbus, OH
Until recently, painful, swollen varicose veins required a varicose vein surgery called vein stripping, in which the vein was completely removed from the leg in a hospital setting. At the Skin Center Medical Spa located in Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA, varicose vein laser surgery, also called Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), is used as a less invasive varicose vein treatment. The EVLT varicose vein treatment uses laser energy to seal diseased veins, while encouraging circulation through healthy unaffected veins.
Varicose vein laser surgery offers many advantages over traditional varicose vein treatments, including:
In Pittsburgh, Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is performed by board-certified osteopathic surgeon specializing in vascular surgery, Dr. Jason Tomsic.
In Columbus, varicose vein surgery with EVLT is performed in by Marios Panayides, MD, FACS, board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, specializing in general, thoracic and vascular surgery.
Varicose Vein Laser Surgery Procedure
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive varicose vein laser surgery treatment. The varicose vein treatment itself takes about an hour and includes utlrasonography to map all areas of venous reflux and trace the path of the refluxing greater saphenous or lesser saphenous vein.
In Pittsburgh, varicose vein laser surgery (EVLT) is performed in our nationally accredited AAAHC and ICAVL vein center. In Columbus, endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is performed in our nationally accredited AAAHC surgery center.
Once an entry point for the varicose vein laser surgery treatment is identified, the area is desensitized with a local anesthetic, and a tiny puncture incision is made. A narrow tube, which carries the laser fiber, is inserted into the diseased vein. The laser fiber delivers energy in short pulses causing the vein to collapse and close, preventing blood flow. By closing off this diseased vein, blood is thus diverted to other healthy veins.
In the months following the varicose vein laser surgery, the body naturally absorbs the vein remnant leaving virtually no sign of the varicose vein in the treated area.
Following varicose vein laser surgery, patients are pleased to notice immediate relief of symptoms, including:
Recovery for Varicose Vein Laser Surgery
After varicose vein laser surgery, the treated leg will be wrapped in a compression bandage and medical compression stockings will be needed for approximately one week. Walking immediately following varicose vein treatment is encouraged. With the exception of strenuous activity and vigorous work-outs, a normal routine can be resumed.
Over the next 7 to 10 days, there may be light bruising and varying degrees of soreness, which can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Varicose Vein Laser Surgery Insurance Coverage
Most insurance carriers either fully or partially cover expenses associated with varicose vein treatments that alleviate symptoms associated with vascular disease. At the time of your consultation, the severity of your vein disorder will be evaluated to determine if varicose vein laser surgery treatment is considered "medically necessary." If you are experiencing symptoms associated with varicose veins, there is a good chance that it will be considered "medically necessary". The following is a list of primary insurances accepted at The Skin Center Medical Spa for vein treatment:
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FAQ's: Varicose Vein Laser Surgery
Varicose vein laser surgery is very reliable, with a 98 percent success rate for the destruction of varicose veins. However, in an extremely small percentage of cases, the varicose vein is damaged by the laser, but not absorbed by the body. Therefore, it may still be visible under the surface of the skin. If this occurs, the additional varicose vein treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal cosmetic results.
Are there any risks associated with varicose vein laser surgery?
There are very few risks associated with this type of varicose vein treatment. Because a puncture wound is made to insert the fiber-optic laser, redness and swelling may occur at the site and the risk of infection is increased. As with any medical treatment, there are associated risks. Individual risk factors will be discussed during the comprehensive vein consultation.
Varicose Vein Laser Surgery Alternative Treatments
In addition to varicose vein laser surgery, The Skin Center Medical Spa offers a variety of varicose vein and spider vein treatments that can be performed alone or in conjunction with each other. Alternative varicose vein and spider vein treatments may include:
Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment is a minimally-invasive, in-office treatment designed to diminish the appearance of spider veins by injecting a mild solution into the spider veins, which causes the spider veins to collapse and disappear.
Microphlebectomy Varicose Vein Treatment is performed when varicose veins near the surface of the skin are too large to treat with sclerotherapy or are too small to correct with laser surgery vein treatments.
IPL Facial Vein Treatment is a non-invasive spider vein laser treatment for facial telangiectasia, reticular veins, rosacea and a full range of other benign lesions.
Come in for your complimentary consultation to discuss all treatment options and decide which is right for you!