If your comfort is affected by varicose veins and circulation problems in your legs, it’s important to realize that you are not alone. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, half of all American adults over the age of 50 experience problems with varicose veins. In some cases, treatment is essential in order to prevent the underlying circulation dysfunction from creating greater problems over time. Advances in medical technology have now provided the vein clinic with a toolkit of non-invasive vein treatment solutions. Here is a quick look at these effective new options for removing varicose veins:
Your Local Vein Clinic Uses Laser Technology
Whether patients have the cosmetic issue of spider veins or suffer from more significant problems due to conditions of chronic venous insufficiency, vascular surgeons are now able to make use of laser technology to bring relief.
Treating Spider Veins with Light Rays
Spider veins lie very close to the surface of the skin, and pose a cosmetic issue. Transdermal laser therapy easily penetrates the skin tissue, heating these tiny veins with narrowly targeted heat light energy. The capillaries close up in response to the laser contact, and the body naturally removes the unused capillary tissue. The spider veins thus naturally disappear in the days following transdermal laser therapy.
Targeted Laser Energy Can Reach Varicose Veins
Lying deeper within the leg, varicose veins cause numerous problems. You may be all too familiar with these symptoms: swollen legs and burning or aching sensations after being on your feet too long, tingling or itching, or even skin sore and ulcers that don’t seem to heal. In some cases, the circulation problems will progressively worsen unless the patient receives treatment.
In the past, the treatment for varicose veins involved a lengthy surgical procedure known as “vein stripping.” This expensive and invasive treatment often required general anesthesia and a long recovery period. That’s all in the past now, thanks to new ultrasound and laser technology that has been applied to varicose vein treatment procedures.
Vein Doctors Use Tiny Lasers Instead of Surgery
After administering a local anesthetic to a small area on the leg, vascular surgeons introduce thread-like catheters which deliver laser energy directly to the inside of problem veins. The heat of this narrowly focused light beam causes the tissue of the venous walls to naturally collapse, while the body’s circulatory system goes about developing other pathways to carry blood back up to the heart. The unused portions of veins are naturally absorbed by the surrounding tissue during the days and weeks following the laser procedure, and so from the outside you can see varicose veins simply disappear.
The vascular surgeons at Metro Vein Centers are available to meet with you and help you learn which type of procedure will be most effective for your unique situation.