Lasers for Endo Venous therapy have been used with success in treating large varicose veins and has largely replaced “vein stripping”. The Vein Care Center offers the FDA-approved Endoluminal Laser Ablation of the Greater Saphenous Vein (ELAS). The ELAS procedure closes down and seals off the greater saphenous vein, effectively removing it from your circulation without removing it from your body. This procedure may sound complicated – but it’s actually a very quick, one-time, minimally invasive therapy, which causes little or no side effects and has shown to be highly effective in eliminating varicose veins. During the 45-minute procedure, the involved area of your leg is anesthetized and a thin laser fiber is placed into the affected vein. Your physician will then deliver laser energy via the fiber to damage and eventually eliminate the vein. Once the laser energy has been applied, the fiber is removed and a compression bandage is put on your leg. Walking immediately following the procedure is encouraged, and normal activities can be immediately resumed. No strenuous activity is recommended for one week after the procedure.
Our laser system is also used for the treatment of spider veins. The laser produces a wavelength which safely passes through the skin and is selectively absorbed by the targeted blood vessel. The vein gradually disappears leaving the skin intact. Men and women, including light and dark-pigmented individuals, can be successfully treated. Your skin is cooled with ice or a cold compress to minimize the mild heat sensation. The length and number of sessions vary, depending on your particular circumstance. Each session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes each and are normally done over several visits.