Endovenous Laser Therapy

For large varicose veins, we offer two highly effective, minimally invasive procedures that use different types of thermal energy to seal the damaged vein from the inside. Both procedures are performed under local anesthesia in our vascular center.

What to expect during treatment

In endovenous laser therapy, a tiny laser-equipped tube (catheter) is inserted through a small incision in the skin. Pulses of laser energy are then released into the damaged vein causing it to close and eventually dissolve. Radiofrequency ablation is performed similarly, except in this procedure, the catheter emits radio waves to close the vein.

In both procedures, the vein collapses and eventually dissolves into surrounding body tissue, and the blood flow is redirected to other veins. This redistribution is key to improving your blood circulation in the areas we’ve treated while also helping to alleviate your symptoms.

Both procedures are safe, relatively painless and effective, and have delivered a 97% success rate in treating damaged veins and reducing symptoms. Our vascular specialists will discuss the benefits of each option with you to determine which is right for your condition.

 Post-treatment

  • Treated legs will be wrapped with an elastic bandage for an hour or two, and compression stockings may be required for several days to ensure that the treated veins remain closed.
  • Beyond that, regular daily activity can be resumed immediately following treatment.
  • Minimal to moderate bruising should expected for about two to four weeks.
  • Follow-up sclerotherapy may be needed for any remaining small spider veins.