If you have noticed places on your legs where the skin is bulging out, you may be looking at varicose veins. They can also change the color of the skin, often appearing blue. The reason varicose veins cause bulging of the skin is because the veins themselves are enlarged. The major cause of varicose veins is blood that is not flowing through the veins as it should. Instead, it is pooling. This increases the pressure inside the veins and causes them to become larger in diameter.
Varicose veins can cause problems with appearance. They can also cause physical discomforts. If you have this condition, you have likely thought about ways to have the veins treated. Fortunately, there are ways to remove these veins, as a number of treatment methods are available. One such method is endovenous laser ablation.
Endovenous laser ablation involves the use of laser energy that safely destroys the damaged vessels. Blood flow through these veins will then be taken over by other veins that are healthier. The veins that were destroyed by the treatment will become scar tissue, and they will disappear as they are absorbed by the body over time.
Laser ablation is done when light is directed at the veins to be removed. The laser generates the energy that destroys the veins. Sometimes, the laser energy can be focused on the targeted veins from outside the skin. Larger veins, however, often need the energy to come from inside the vein. This is what endovenous laser ablation does.
When medical professionals deliver endovenous laser ablation treatments, they start by inserting a thin laser fiber into the vein. This fiber is pulled through the vein and delivers laser energy to the vessel’s walls at it goes. When the treatment is complete, there may be some pressure applied to the site to prevent bleeding and to make the treatment more effective. In a follow up appointment, our doctor may order an ultrasound to be able to see if the treatment was a success. Endovenous laser ablation treatments can be done in the comfort of our office.
If you are looking for a treatment method for your varicose veins but do not want an invasive procedure like vein stripping surgery, you should ask our team at Ozark Regional Vein Center about endovenous laser ablation. Our office is located in Rogers. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!