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Recovering From Laser Therapy For Varicose Veins

Recovering From Laser Therapy For Varicose Veins

Those large, ropy veins that bulge through the surface of your skin on your legs can be more than a cosmetic concern. If you’re plagued by uncomfortable varicose veins or unsightly varicose veins on your legs and face, Vivek Das, MD, and Arun Kandra, MD, at Premier Spine & Pain Management can help eliminate these problematic blood vessels.

What Are Varicose Veins?

To better understand varicose veins, it’s helpful to step back and take a look at how the circulatory system in your legs works.

The veins in your legs fight both distance and gravity when they deliver blood back to your heart. To help, they’re equipped with tiny valves that close off to prevent your blood from spilling backward. If these valves malfunction, your blood can pool, forming varicose veins and their less severe counterparts, varicose veins.

While varicose veins aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can be a source of discomfort and lead to:

  • Ulcers
  • Throbbing pain or a dull ache
  • Heaviness feeling in your legs
  • Cramping
  • Itching
  • Inflammation

Varicose veins may be isolated or a sign of something larger at play, which is why seeking medical intervention is a good idea.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

The primary cause of varicose veins is venous insufficiency, which, as described above, is a problem in your blood vessels that interferes with their ability to return blood to your heart.

Several factors can raise your risk for venous insufficiency. Age is a big factor, as your blood vessels naturally weaken with age. Gender also influences how likely someone is to develop varicose veins, as women are more likely to develop them. There are other factors as well, including pregnancy, genetics, weight gain, and spending too much time on the feet.

Laser Therapy For Varicose Veins

A procedure such as laser therapy may be the right fit for your needs. Laser therapy that uses heat from a laser to close and shrink varicose vein, causing scar tissue within the vessel to seal off the vein. Blood then flows through other nearby veins instead.

Is Laser Therapy For Varicose Veins Right For You?

You should consider laser therapy if your veins are causing:
Blood clots
Skin problems
Pain

How Does Laser Therapy For Varicose Veins Work?

Laser vein treatment is done on the outside of your skin to treat varicose veins and small varicose veins just under the skin’s surface. Often, more than one laser session is needed to successfully treat the veins.

Laser heat damages a vein, which makes scar tissue form. This scar tissue closes the vein. A closed vein loses its source of blood and dies. After a year or two, the vein is likely to disappear.

Recovering From Laser Therapy For Varicose Veins

You will be able to walk following the treatment, and recovery typically is short. You are likely to be able to return to your normal daily routine after simple laser treatment.

After endovenous laser treatment, you will wear compression stockings for 1 week or more. To follow up, your doctor will use duplex ultrasound to make sure that the vein is closed.

These procedures are scheduled every six to twelve weeks. However, if you have poor blood circulation feeding these tiny veins, the larger “feeder” vein must first be treated with surgery, radiofrequency treatment, or sclerotherapy.

Contact Us To Treat Your Varicose Veins!

If you’re in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and you’d like to learn more about varicose and spider veins, call us to book an appointment.