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Varicose Veins Treatment Vaughan

Varicose Veins Treatment

Traditionally, a painful surgery involving surgical litigation and stripping of the vein has been the only effective treatment for varicose veins. While this is a useful procedure its potential drawbacks include:

  •  Anesthesia-related risks
  •  Surgical complications
  •  Need to be performed in hospital
  •  Painful recovery; and
  •  Prolonged recovery times.

Due to improvements in medical technology and knowledge, new treatment techniques have been developed that are minimally invasive. These treatments include endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and foam sclerotherapy, both used by doctors at the Vaughan Vein Clinic.

Compression stockings can also be used to help alleviate varicose vein symptoms and are also typically used following EVLT and foam sclerotherapy for a period of time.

EVLT – The No-Surgery, No-Scar Way to Treat Varicose Veins

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a newer treatment for varicose veins available by the doctors at Vaughan Vein Clinic. In contrast to surgery, EVLT is a minimally invasive, ultra-sound guided procedure that is pain free with little to no scarring. It is typically performed in a doctor’s office without sedation in about an hour. It has many advantages over surgery including being able to avoid general anesthetic as well as large surgical scars. It also has a dramatically reduced recovery time with many patients able to return to work the next day.

Varicose Veins

EVLT eliminates varicose veins at the source. As blood flows to the heart, valves in your veins are supposed to prevent blood from flowing backwards, but if these veins don’t fully close,blood pools in the veins and forces the walls to enlarge and bulge out.

EVLT involves inserting a catheter which carries a small optical fibre into the vein using ultrasound guidance. Local anesthetic is applied and only a small puncture is created to allow access to the great saphenous vein or lesser saphenous vein. The catheter is then advanced to the level of the groin or knee crease and a diluted anesthetic is injected along the vein. Laser light in the infrared spectrum is then transmitted inside of the vein while the catheter is slowly removed. This technique uses heat from the laser to seal the faulty vein which is pressurizing varicose veins throughout the leg. Side effects can include redness, bruising, itching, and swelling in the treated area.

Endovenous laser treatment

Walking immediately after the procedure is not only okay, it is encouraged. Normal activities should be resumed as soon as possible.However, rigorous activities like gym workouts should be avoided for a few weeks. You may experience some minor soreness and bruising following treatment, but any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain medication as needed. Compression stockings are also worn for a period of time following the procedure.

In some situations, an additional treatment known as foam sclerotherapy may be used in conjunction with EVLT, either at the same time as or following the EVLT procedure. Foam sclerotherapy may also used to treat smaller varicose veins rather than EVLT.

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