In the past, the only way to treat varicose veins was with a surgery to strip the veins. This required the extraction of the veins from the body. There is now a treatment available that does not require surgery, is minimally-invasive and is designed to be quick and convenient, even for those with busy schedules. This treatment is called laser vein closure, and it could work for you. The treatment offers an important advantage over most of the other treatment options. This is one of the most effective procedures available for vein treatment.
Why Do You Have Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are located right under the surface of the skin. This type of vein is lumpy, bulging and unattractive. The reason this type of vein causes discomfort is because of the major vein in the calves. This vein is responsible for pulling the blood back to the heart. Since the blood is being pulled upwards, it is against the flow of gravity. The valves ensure the veins do not become weak due to a backflow of blood. When the leg valves weaken, it can be caused by the predisposition of genetics, stress of the legs such as gaining weight and the aging process. Constantly standing or sitting and gaining weight place additional pressure on the valve and vein walls.
Once the vein walls have become weak, the chances of the valves leaking increases. This increases the flow of blood to the superficial veins. The additional blood carried to these veins creates varicose veins. The varicose veins can become extremely painful and large. They often cause pain in simple activities such as bending, sitting and walking. The laser vein closure procedure permanently closes the veins without a long period of recovery or any surgery.
What About Spider Veins?
These veins are similar to varicose veins, but they are smaller. If you look at your legs and notice spider veins, you might think that you will have to live with these visible vessels for the rest of your life. Fortunately, there are also spider veins treatment options available. Spider vein treatments can gently remove these veins from your legs and give you the appearance that you desire.
A benefit of spider veins treatment is that since you won’t have the veins on your legs, you can feel comfortable wearing clothing that reveals your legs. With spider veins gone, you can also feel more comfortable in intimate situations. You can feel like you’re younger than what you really are once the veins are removed. There won’t be a need to use concealer on your legs when you want to wear shorts or dresses that reveal the lower half of your body. You won’t feel self-conscious while you’re wearing a bathing suit.
Veins can then be treated where they begin instead of only at the surface of your skin. Our medical professional will also be able to determine if there are other issues with your vascular system when the veins are removed. You can begin to enjoy your life instead of letting spider veins control it after treatment.
The Laser Vein Closure Treatment
Laser vein closure is very effective when it comes to clearing away debilitating and painful varicose veins. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with no surgery or anesthetic necessary. The procedure involves a method called endovenous laser ablation, which utilizes carefully controlled laser energy through a tiny fiber, which is inserted via a catheter.
Prior to the placement of the catheter, the medical professional locates the vein’s entry point. The temporary insertion of the catheter is placed through the skin into the targeted vein. Once it is in the correct position, the heat can be applied. This is what ultimately causes the vein to close.
For many patients and medical professionals, this is the best treatment for varicose veins without surgery. There is no long recovery period because the procedure is minimally-invasive. The majority of individuals are able to return to work or their standard activities quickly after receiving treatment. When compared to other methods like surgery, there isn’t nearly as much preparation necessary for the procedure. The benefits include:
• No anesthetic
• No surgery
• No long recovery period
• The procedure is done on an outpatient basis
If you are interested in the laser vein closure treatment, you owe it to yourself to learn as much as you can about the treatment. However, you may not know where to begin.
Coastal Vein Care wants to help you find the best vascular treatment provider for your individual needs. When looking for a vascular surgeon in particular, there are many factors to consider. These surgeons are specialists who are highly trained in the vascular system and vascular disorders. This is important because of the role that your circulatory system plays in your body. These professionals make sure blood vessels are functioning properly and allowing blood to flow through your body without any complications.
What Does a Vascular Surgeon Do?
A vascular surgeon is more than just a doctor who performs surgery on the arteries and veins. A great surgeon treats many patients who do not even require surgery, and even talks a client out of unnecessary surgery when needed. These specialists are dedicated to finding the best route of treatment for vascular disorders, such as medication and exercise. The best practice is to try the least invasive intervention before jumping straight into surgery. That’s why we are proud to offer other interventions like laser vein closure.
Vascular surgeons have a wide variety in their scope of practice. The types of surgery they perform can range from minimally-invasive endovascular procedures to complicated surgery. Finding a great surgeon can significantly improve your experience with a vascular disorder. These surgeons tend to not prefer any one treatment over another, but rather choose a procedure that works best for the patient on a case-by-case basis.
When Would I See a Vascular Surgeon?
Vascular surgeons are the type of health care providers that may treat you for years to come rather than just for one procedure. This means that they will be invested in your long-term health as well as build a relationship with you that is meaningful and most therapeutic. Having a surgeon or doctor that is interested in your long-term outcomes can positively impact your health.
Due to the nature of our circulatory system, a vascular surgeon would be considered for an array of procedures. Arteries and veins are present throughout our entire bodies. One of the many common diseases that they treat is Peripheral Vascular Disease. This is a common disorder in those who smoke and involves severe pain in the lower legs due to narrowing of the blood vessels.
Many times, clients are referred to a vascular specialist by their primary care providers. This is due to the many risk factors that could potentially put a client into a circulatory disorder, such as smoking, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Those who are susceptible to vascular disorders should consider forming a relationship with a great vascular surgeon.
What Makes a Great Vascular Surgeon?
First, make sure your professional is board certified. This means they have the appropriate education, background and experience to be operating on patients at all. Without this certification, performing any surgical operation is illegal, and furthermore dangerous. Certification ensures that the vascular surgeon is up to date with their techniques. Outdated techniques have certainly hurt people in the past, so this is crucial.
Second, make sure your vascular surgeon has the requisite experience. It may be strange to think of beginners working on the bodies of patients, but everyone has to start somewhere. Just like any skill, more mistakes are bound to be made at the beginning of one’s practice. This holds as true for surgeons as it does for driving a car. Make sure your surgeon has the right amount of experience to give you the best procedure possible.
Also, this one may surprise you, but personality matters. If your condition is one where follow-up treatments or consultations are needed, then you should not think of your surgeon as a “one and done” set up. Your surgeon can easily become an embedded part of your life, and the fact that they communicate easily and effectively with you can mean the difference between effective and ineffective healing.
A great surgeon is also going to be very invested in your overall health. They are going to look for the best treatment for your needs as a patient, rather than going directly into an unnecessary invasive surgery. These professionals will see you in the office for years to come and be there through pre-operation and post-operation and everything in between. A great vascular surgeon also has your best interest in mind during every intervention they perform. A great surgeon is going to consider every option of treatment to give you the best possible outcome.
Finding the Right Provider for Your Treatment
This is one important principle to consider when choosing a health professional of any type: if they seem too eager to perform an operation that seems like it can be solved less invasively, look for a second opinion. Health professionals are paid different amounts depending on the operation they perform, meaning that less scrupulous individuals will attempt to persuade patients into more risky maneuvers based on how much money this nets them from the insurance company.
Dr. Yalamanchili at Coastal Vein Care in Newport Beach is a highly trained, board-certified general surgeon who stands at the ready to address your vascular issues. For more information about laser vein closure and the other treatments that we offer, contact us today and book a consultation at our office in Corona Del Mar. We look forward to hearing from you!