Do your legs look like a highway that’s seen better days? If you have swollen, blue or purple veins in your lower legs, you’re likely seeking a solution to look normal again. Varicose veins like these can make you appear decades older than you are.
Our board-certified radiologists with REDI Diagnostics Corp in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, can restore the physical appearance of your legs with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).
Varicose veins can become a health problem in addition to a cosmetic problem. If you have varicose veins and your job involves standing for hours during the day, you may experience any of the following physical issues in your legs:
Varicose veins engorged with blood can result in a painful condition called phlebitis. In addition, you could develop a blood clot in your vein, a serious condition requiring prompt medical attention so that the clot doesn’t travel upward to your lungs or heart.
The procedure uses the power of laser light energy to largely eliminate your varicose veins. The laser light produces heat that destroys the integrity of the veins.
Think of the procedure as forming a detour to get around a highway full of potholes. Your problematic varicose veins shrink, and scar tissue forms that prevents blood from pooling there. Blood is routed to other veins in the area instead.
EVLA is a minimally invasive procedure. You’ll change into a hospital gown and be given special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light.
Your radiologist sterilizes the treatment area and numbs it with a local anesthetic. They use ultrasound to locate the exact path of your vein and make a tiny incision in the target area.
Your radiologist places a catheter in your vein and inserts a laser fiber through the catheter. Next they inject a local anesthetic around the vein; it may require more than one injection. This helps to center your vein around the fiber.
The laser energy heats up your vein when your radiologist slowly and gently removes the catheter. After the procedure, your vein shrinks and closes. The same protocol is followed for each vein.
There are no stitches involved, but you’ll have a bandage over the area. The entire procedure from start to finish takes from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how many veins are involved.
We provide you with written instructions before you go home. You wear a compression stocking to prevent blood clots and diminish soreness.
You can go about your day normally afterwards, but we advise you not to travel by air or sit in a car for a long road trip right away. Taking a walk in your neighborhood is a great way to stay active after EVLA. However, you should avoid strenuous sports activity until you get the green light from your doctor.
Call REDI Diagnostics Corp or book an appointment online today for expert varicose vein treatment.