Varicose veins affect approximately 40% of the adult population. They are superficial vessels that are abnormally lengthened, twisted or dilated and are seen most often on the legs and thighs. Varicose veins rise above the skin’s surface. They may be uncomfortable and result in swelling of the legs. If left untreated, varicose veins may lead to more serious medical problems.
A treatment for closing the saphenous vein in the leg, which is typically the main superficial vein associated with varicose veins is called endovenous ablation. This treatment can be performed with laser. A thin catheter (flexible tube) is inserted into the vein through a tiny skin puncture, and the entire length of the vein is treated with laser through the catheter, thus “injuring” the vein’s wall. This causes the veins to close and eventually turn into scar tissue.
It is carried out on an outpatient basis, without the need for hospitalization, and the patient can function normally right after the procedure.
This method is minimally invasive, practically painless. Sometimes, patients experience minimal discomfort. There may be slight bruising on the skin, but this method does not have cuts and scars and large hematomas. The most important advantage of laser removal of varicose veins is the high efficiency of this method, as well as the fact that after performing laser removal of varicose veins the risk of their recurrence is very small.
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