Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins near the surface of the skin that most commonly appear in the legs and ankles. They don’t usually pose a serious health risk, but they can cause uncomfortable pain and swelling. At Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville, we see many patients who have suffered from their varicose veins symptoms for years before seeking help. Often they wish they’d sought help sooner when they experience how easy procedures have become to treat varicose veins.

One of those treatment procedures is Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT). This is a minimally invasive treatment in which laser energy is delivered through a small puncture in the leg to treat the diseased vein. Here are 3 facts to know if you and your vein specialist are discussing EVLT as an option for you:

  1. EVLT is a minimally invasive laser procedure.

Laser energy is delivered into the diseased vein through a small puncture in the leg. Guided by ultrasound, a tiny optic fiber laser is inserted through a needle into the varicose vein. The laser heats and closes the vein, allowing blood to be naturally re-routed to other healthy veins.

There is no surgery or hospitalization, and only a local anesthetic is applied. The procedure is performed in the office in about an hour. Normally, patients resume activities within a day, but strenuous exercise must be avoided for about a week.

  1. EVLT has a high success rate & relief can be immediate

The procedure has a high success rate with a lower percentage of recurrence than older treatment methods such as vein stripping. Typically EVLT patients have minimal to no visible scarring, and the appearance of the twisted enlarged knots on dissipates. Because the diseased vein is closed, many feel relief from their symptoms of pain and swelling immediately.

  1. EVLT is typically covered by insurance.

Most insurance plans and Medicare cover Endovenous Laser Therapy. Dedicated staff members at Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville will communicate with your insurance provider to help you receive optimal coverage for your procedure.

If you experience painful symptoms of varicose veins, consult one of the board certified vascular surgeons at Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville. Our vein specialists can help you determine the best treatment option for your varicose veins. Request a consult online or call (865) 588-8229 and schedule an appointment today.

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