The Endovenous Laser Treatment is quickly becoming a gold standard when it comes to the treatment of varicose vein. Endovenous laser treatment makes use of laser energy, which is a highly concentrated beam of light. The physicians use these lasers to with great precision to deliver the light energy only to the targeted tissues, so that no other surrounding tissues are affected. Laser treatment has shown safety and effectiveness over the years of use in many types of medical treatment, like eye surgery, dermatology surgery etc. If you are in the hands of the right doctor then the risk from a laser surgery is way less as compared to other conventional surgeries.
The process of Endovenous laser treatment, a thin fiber is inserted in the affected vein through a small incision in the skin made right above the varicose vein. A laser light is sent through the fiber, as the fiber is pulled back it gives just the needed amount of energy to the vein, the targeted tissues here reacts to the light energy, causing the vein to close. The vein later turns into scar tissue and closes. These veins that are closed were anyways artificial veins thus, they handled only 5 percent of the body’s blood flow. Once they are closed the blood automatically starts to flow from other healthy veins in the body.
The latest development in the process is the use of jacketed fiber, this prevents any contact between the fiber and vein wall. This prevents the pain or any bruising that is often associated with the conventional method of ligation and stripping. There are however temporary soreness or swelling, which can be treated with a pain killer, use of compression stocking within few days.
The process of EVLT does not require general anesthesia, it used local anesthesia to numb the affected area. Patients are advised to walk immediately afterwards and they can resume normal days activity in no time.