The Seattle area has experienced some unseasonably warm weather lately, and the toasty temperatures are a timely reminder that summer is almost upon us. Don’t let unsightly varicose veins keep you from dressing comfortably in shorts this summer.
The radiologists at Via Vascular are board certified in diagnostic radiology and specialize in minimally invasive varicose veins treatment. The two main procedures we offer for treating these problem veins can be completed on an outpatient basis. Those procedures include endovenous laser treatment (EVL) and microphlebectomy. Here’s a breakdown of how these procedures work:
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a safe and effective method of treating varicose veins that only takes about an hour to perform. Even better news is that this quick laser procedure has a 98% success rate in helping people get much-needed relief from the pain, discomfort and unpleasant appearance associated with varicose veins. Before the procedure, a physician uses ultrasound to map out problem veins in need of treatment, the area to be treated is washed, and a local numbing cream is applied near the treatment site.
The EVLT procedure itself takes place under local anesthesia. The physician inserts a small laser fiber through a needle into the problem vein and administers a controlled amount of laser energy while the fiber is slowly removed. The diseased veins that receive this treatment collapse and eventually dissolve into surrounding tissues. The blood that once flowed through those problem veins is diverted to other normal veins in your body, greatly improving blood flow. The effect is almost immediately relief from that tired, heavy feeling that patients tend to experience with varicose veins. Over time, the appearance of these veins improves significantly as well.
Another option for people with varicose veins is microphlebectomy, a minimally-invasive procedure that is best suited for treating large varicose veins that are obvious on the surface of your skin. As with EVLT, a physician maps out the problem area to be treated with the help of ultrasound, the area is washed, and local anesthetic is applied.
During microphlebectomy, a physician uses special instruments to create pinhole perforations through which the problem veins are accessed and removed. This procedure differs greatly from traditional vein stripping which is far more invasive and calls for vein removal though incisions rather than the small needle punctures used in microphlebectomy. The smaller punctures lead to a faster recovery than more invasive measures. Once the problem surface veins have been removed, bandages are applied to close the punctures and a compression wrap is placed on the area.
To find out if EVLT or microphlebectomy are good solution for your varicose veins, contact Via Vascular. Our team of board-certified radiologists specializes in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment as an alternative to surgery for both varicose veins and spider veins. For more information or to set up an appointment, give us a call at (206) 525-8346.
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