WHAT IS LASER ABLATION?
Laser ablation, also known as endovenous laser ablation therapy (EVLT), is used to treat varicose veins. EVLT is a minimally invasive procedure that stops the blood flowing from veins that cause enlarged, varicose veins. After treatment, the veins are able to flow through healthy veins, causing the varicose veins to disappear. Depending on the severity of the varicose veins, some treatments can take up to 12 months for the unhealthy, varicose veins to become invisible.
BENEFITS OF ENDOVENOUS LASER ABLATION THERAPY
- Minimally invasive
- Immediate pain relief
- Completed in less than an hour
- No anesthesia
- Rapid recovery
- Smaller needles for less discomfort
- Cost effective in comparison to other varicose vein treatments
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LASER ABLATION?
Patients should be aware that the laser treatment may cause side effects such as skin burns. Skin discoloration may also occur for patients with darker skin, but will usually fade in time. Finally, in rare cases, blood clots may form in surface or deep veins. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions about the side effects of laser therapy.
If you notice these symptoms, do not be alarmed, they are natural physical reactions and will fade in time. While they are harmless, these side effects can take a while to heal. Therefore, if you notice these side effects, you can expect them to fade within a few months. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions about the side effects of spider vein treatments.
Signs of a Blood Clot After Vein Ablation
If you have had a vein ablation procedure, it is important to be aware of the signs of a blood clot. While vein ablation is generally a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins, there is always a risk of complications. If you experience any pain, tenderness, swelling, redness, or warmth around the treatment site, it is important to seek medical attention immediately as these may be signs of a blood clot. Blood clots can be dangerous and should be treated as soon as possible.
There are a few key signs that may indicate the presence of a blood clot after vein ablation.
- Firstly, patients may notice an increase in pain or tenderness around the treatment site.
- Secondly, swelling and redness may develop in the affected area.
- Finally, the skin may begin to feel warm to the touch.
ABOUT TREATMENT AT THE VEIN CENTRE OF NASHVILLE
If you’re considering your treatment options to remove unwanted spider or varicose veins, come visit the Vein Centre in Franklin, Mt. Juliet, or Belle Meade Tennessee. Our board certified vascular surgeons offer laser vein treatment in Franklin, varicose vein treatment at our Mt. Juliet vein center, sclero in Brentwood, sclerotherapy in Belle Meade and advanced vein treatments. With over 70 years of combined vascular surgery experience, we bring leading service to Middle Tennessee.
At the Vein Centre Nashville offices, we also offer treatment for varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. Our long term goal is to help patients reduce pain by diagnosing and treating the root of their vein disease. To learn more about your treatment options, we have provided a free digital consultation for you here on our website. You can also set up an in-office consultation to talk with a vascular surgeon face-to-face.
Healthy veins don’t have to be a thing of the past. Preview our before and after gallery images below to see some of our most recent patient’s results.
LASER TREATMENT FOR SPIDER VEINS
Spider vein treatment is a bit more complicated than it is for varicose veins due to their much smaller size. While varicose veins are easier to remove, spider veins are better suited for laser therapy or sclerotherapy since they are so tiny. Choosing a vein doctor that is a board certified vascular surgeon is imperative to ensure the treatment of spider veins is done safely with the most effective results.