Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) has made the painful vein striping surgeries, often performed in a hospital setting, a procedure of the past. Today, The Skin Center Medical Spa, with locations in Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA, offers the less invasive EVLT treatment for varicose veins using laser energy to seal diseased veins, while encouraging circulation through healthy unaffected veins.
Once an entry point for the EVLT 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 diverted to other healthy veins.
In the months following the surgery, the body naturally absorbs the vein remnant leaving virtually no sign of the vein in the treated area.
Recovery for Varicose Vein Laser Surgery
After EVLT, the treated leg will be wrapped in a compression bandage and medical compression stockings will be needed for approximately one week. Walking immediately following the 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.
EVLT and Insurance Coverage
Most insurance carriers either fully or partially cover expenses associated with the treatment of varicose veins if those treatments alleviate symptoms associated with vascular disease. At the time of your consultation, the severity of your vein disorder will be evaluated to determine if EVLT 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:
- Medical Mutual
- Health America
- United Health Care