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If you think surgery is the only solution to getting rid of varicose veins, think again.
“In the old days they used to do vein stripping which was a more invasive treatment and the patient was then laid up for several days afterward,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.
Now, thanks to advancements in technology, there is an alternative to surgical stripping.
Endovenous laser treatment “takes less time and is less invasive for the patient,” Malinowski said.
Unlike vein stripping, EVLA permanently shrinks and collapses the abnormal vein, thereby leaving it in place without surgically removing the vein. Laser energy is delivered through a tiny laser fiber inserted into the targeted varicose vein. The EVLA procedure is performed through a tiny nick in the skin to avoid scarring. No stitches are needed to close the small nick. The laser fiber is positioned using ultrasound guidance.
“We administer local anesthesia to completely numb the vein before treatment so the treatment is virtually painless,” Malinowski said.
The FDA-cleared, minimally-invasive technique treats symptomatic varicose veins with excellent clinical and aesthetic results. Complications are minimal in the hands of an experienced Vein Specialist.
Most patients will be free of the symptoms that they had formerly suffered beginning the next day.
“After the laser your leg feels better,” Malinowski said. “Patients may have a little tenderness but most people notice a difference immediately.”