Intravascular Laser Therapy for Varicose Veins

Intravascular laser therapy, also known as endovenous laser therapy, uses targeted laser energy to seal off varicose veins. The procedure was developed by dermatologic surgeons.

Why choose intravascular laser therapy for varicose veins

  • The procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office in less than an hour.
  • The procedure has a 98 percent success rate in the treatment of varicose veins.
  • It provides immediate relief of symptoms.
  • Patients can return to normal activity immediately with little or no pain.
  • The procedure requires no general anesthesia or hospitalization.

What you should know about intravascular laser therapy for varicose veins

First, the doctor will map out the veins to be treated using ultrasound. Next, a local anesthetic is injected into the treatment area. A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point. Laser energy is delivered through the fiber to seal the faulty vein. Patients are encouraged to begin walking immediately after the procedure.

Possible risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Bruising
  • Dyspigmentation
  • Scarring
  • Skin burns
  • Blood clotting

Cost

The average cost for intravascular laser therapy can be a few thousand dollars, depending on the number of veins treated and their location. In symptomatic cases, varicose vein therapy is considered a medical procedure, and a portion of the cost usually is covered by medical insurance companies.

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking aspirin or blood thinners.

What to expect after the procedure

Normal daily activity can be resumed immediately. There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as necessary.