Endovenous Laser Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure to treat unsightly and painful varicose veins. During the procedure, a small laser fiber is inserted into the refluxing (reverse flowing) varicose vein. After careful positioning the laser is fired, producing a high intensity heat, which is directed against the vein wall. This ultimately produces closure of the vein. Over time the vein will disappear as though it was stripped (but never was).
It’s important to note that varicose veins are superficial veins that by definition are dilated and tortuous with reverse flowing blood. They are totally unnecessary for returning blood to your heart as the deep system takes over this function entirely. Varicose veins are a liability causing pain, swelling, heaviness, burning, itching, fullness and many other symptoms.
Though in rare cases the veins return after EVLA, more than 95% of all EVLA procedures are successful with total disappearance of the treated veins.
Before EVLA Procedure
Before your procedure, we will address the severity of your varicose veins in a consultation at his nationally accredited Albuquerque, New Mexico Vein Center. During your consultation, we will educate you about your venous disease and recommend an individualized treatment plan. If we determine EVLA is appropriate for you, we’ll schedule you for the 30-minute procedure.
Upon arrival for your procedure, we will employ ultrasound visualization to mark the varicose veins on your legs. Then you’ll be given medication to induce relaxation and analgesia.
After inserting an anesthetic along the mapped vein to be treated, we will make a small entry incision in your leg to insert the laser fiber directly into your varicose vein after passing through a small sheath. Once positioned, laser energy will be directed within the vein until the vein is completely treated. Though the idea of a laser treatment may sound painful, the actual laser firing is pain free. After the vein is treated, the laser fiber is removed, leaving you with a tiny entry point hardly visible to the naked eye.
Endovenous Laser Ablation is typically used for large varicose veins. Not all veins can be treated with this technique. If necessary, Microphlebectomy may be combined with the procedure to remove non-laserable varicose veins.
What to expect after your Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous Laser Ablation is extremely patient-friendly. Post operatively it leaves no scars, little pain, and you’ll be back on your feet immediately, even walking for 40 minutes outside the Albuquerque office.
You may experience minor soreness and bruising, but nothing that can’t be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Arnica gel. If you feel tightness in the treated area, this is an indication that the vein is healing.
Return to work can often be the same day but certainly the following day. You are asked to avoid all strenuous activities for two weeks, like shoveling snow after an Albuquerque winter snowfall, vigorous bicycling in the Rio Grande Bosque or prolonged hiking in the Albuquerque Sandias.
To help promote circulation within the veins, you’ll be prescribed compression stockings to wear for three weeks.
Endovenous Laser Ablation in Albuquerque
Call (505) 247-4849 to learn more about your Endovenous Laser Ablation in Albuquerque, and discover how EVLA can eliminate painful varicose veins once and for all.