Varicose Vein Treatment
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How We Treat Varicose Veins
Treatment for Varicose Veins used to require surgically removing the problem veins. Thanks to modern technology, we are now able to treat this problem in a much less invasive way. Now we can get you back on your feet much sooner!
At Winchester Radiologists we treat Varicose Veins with a minimally invasive procedure called Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT). This state of the art treatment uses a high tech laser combined with Ultrasound to pinpoint the perfect spot to close off troublesome veins. You will experience a much faster recovery time and get back to pain free living.
- Safer than surgery
- Very quick recovery
- Procedure takes less than 1 hour
- No hospital stay
- Covered by most insurances when deemed medically necessary
- Increase circulation in the lower limbs
- 98% success rate based on recent clinical trials *
(* Aurshina A, Ascher E, Victory J, Rybitskiy D, Zholanji A, Marks N, Hingorani A. Clinical correlation of success and acute thrombotic complications of lower extremity endovenous thermal ablation. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders 2018; 6(1):25-30. doi:10.1016/j.jvsv.2017.07.01)
Those tangled blue veins that pop up on your legs may quadruple your risk of blood clots.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Veins that are dark blue or purple.
- Veins that appear bulging or twisting.
- Aching or heavy feeling in your legs.
- Burning, throbbing, swelling, in your legs.
- Worsened pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time.
- itching and or skin discoloration around vein.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT)?
EVLT is a minimally invasive, technique used for treating Varicose Veins using Laser energy. It is performed by an Interventional Radiologist, using catheters, and lasers.
How does EVLT work?
The procedure can last anywhere between 30 minutes and one hour, and requires only local anesthetic. After numbing the skin, we will access the vein using a needle and catheter, we then insert a thin laser fiber into the vein. The laser light emitted by the fiber is used to seal the faulty vein. While you might feel an unfamiliar sensation, it is not painful. This part of the procedure only takes a few minutes.
When can I return to work?
You can resume normal activity the same day, and you can go back to work the following day.
Is EVLT covered by insurance?
Most insurances will cover an EVLT procedure as long as it is for non-cosmetic purposes. For example, if your varicose veins are causing you pain it is likely your insurance will cover the cost. Be sure to consult with your insurance prior to getting this procedure.
Do I need a referral?
No, just give us a call and let us know you’d like a consultation for an EVLT procedure and we’ll take care of the rest.
Is Laser Vein Therapy Painful?
The treated area may be sore but that should subside within a few days. You can manage this pain effectively with over the counter non-aspirin pain relievers like ibuprofen. Be sure to clear this with your doctor before taking any sort of pain medication.
Winchester Radiologists IR Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm