Varicose and spider veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. They can lead to discomfort as they can cause itching, achy or heavy feeling in the legs, burning or throbbing sensation, and pain which may get worse when sitting or standing for long periods of time.
If you have varicose veins, you don’t have to worry as these can be treated. Unlike in the past, you have more than one option these days for getting rid of your varicose veins.
One of the most sought-after treatments is laser therapy. Compared to traditional treatments like vein stripping, laser therapy is less invasive and requires less recovery time. At Premier Surgical Vein Clinic in Knoxville, we offer endovenous laser therapy.
What is Endovenous laser therapy?
Endovenous laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure for treating larger varicose veins. It uses laser energy delivered through a small puncture in the leg. Guided by ultrasound, the tiny optic fiber laser is inserted into the varicose vein, causing the vein to close. When the diseased vein is closed, it allows the blood to be naturally re-routed to healthy veins.
Unlike other varicose vein treatments, there is no hospitalization or surgery required for this procedure. It only uses local anesthesia and takes about 30 to 60 minutes. Endovenous laser therapy is an outpatient procedure, which means you can walk after, and most patients normally resume regular activities the following day.
Recovery After Endovenous Laser Therapy
After the procedure, you may be recommended to do the following at home:
- Apply ice compress on the area for 15 minutes at a time. This can help in reducing the swelling.
- Keep the incision site dry for 48 hours. If you want to wash, you can take a sponge bath until the bandages are removed.
- Wear the compression stockings for days or weeks, depending on what your provider suggests. They can help in reducing the swelling.
- Stay active but avoid strenuous activities like jumping, running, or lifting heavy objects for 1 to 2 weeks.
If you’re tired of living with painful varicose veins, contact Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville today to schedule your free vein screening. Our dedicated nurse can evaluate your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your condition.