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Suffering from Varicose Veins? Consider Laser Ablation

by April Maguire

Did you know that more than 35% of the adult population suffers from varicose veins? It's actually one of the more common afflictions in the world, affecting tens of millions of people. Sadly, there is no singular cause to varicose veins, and anything from genetic makeup to lifestyle choices can cause them to form. So then the question becomes: what can you do to get rid of them?

In years past, surgery was the only option, as the doctor was forced to cut out the affected vein. Nowadays, however, there are a number of minimally invasive options for dealing with these troublesome veins. While there are pros and cons to the various methods, most physicians agree that, overall, laser ablation therapy is the best option for removing varicose veins.

What is Laser Ablation?

Before diving in to the basics of endovenous laser ablation, let's take a look at how varicose veins form in the first place. The veins throughout your body return blood to the heart. In your extremities, such as your legs, these veins have to work a little harder to get the blood where it needs to go. This added pressure can sometimes cause valves within the veins to break down, allowing blood to flow in the wrong direction. Subsequently, this blood can pool, causing varicose veins.

Once varicose veins form, the only option is to get rid of them. With laser ablation, a physician guides a thin wire through the vein that emits a small amount of heat. This heat cauterizes the vein from the inside, sealing it off. After blood stops flowing into the vein, it is eventually reabsorbed into the body, and the varicose vein disappears.

If the process sounds simple, that's because it is. Typically, endovenous laser ablation treatment only takes a matter of minutes. And best of all, most patients find that they can resume their normal physical activities within a day or two, making this minimally invasive option vastly superior to surgical vein stripping.

Is Treatment Necessary?

Oftentimes, people with varicose veins think of it only as a cosmetic issue. To be sure, these gnarled, uneven veins don't look pretty, but looks aren't all that matter. Varicose vein sufferers frequently complain of pain, irritation, itching and fatigue in the affected areas. And in rare cases, varicose veins can even develop life-threatening blood clots, so they should be dealt with sooner rather than later.

With the ease and affordability of laser ablation treatment, there is no reason to continue living with varicose veins. Find a doctor in your area, talk about your treatment options, and see how easy it is to return your legs to their former glory.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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