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3 Things You Need to Know About Endovenous Laser Ablation

Vein diseases like spider veins and varicose veins affect millions of people all across the globe. These diseases often cause an excruciating amount of pain in one’s leg, but there is no reason why you should continue to suffer when cutting edge treatments like endovenous laser ablation are available right here in the Flower Mound community.

What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive technique used to treat venous diseases.

During this type of surgery, malfunctioning veins are closed through the use of a 1470 nm diode laser that is inserted into the vein via an iv catheter. Once the catheter is in proper position, a laser fiber extends to seal the vein shut. The blood is then rerouted through deep veins in the body, which removes pooling of the blood in lower extremities that often causes patients a great deal of pain.

Endovenous laser ablation is an outpatient procedure that only requires a mild amount of anesthetic. Patients are able to complete the entire procedure at the Flower Mound Vein Center in less than a day and return to the comfort of their own home that very same evening.

Common Uses for Endovenous Laser Ablation

Most often, laser vein ablations are used to treat both Spider Veins and Varicose Veins. Endovenous laser ablation has proven to be very effective in alleviating painful symptoms of these vein diseases such as:

  • Swelling or itching
  • Skin irritation or sores
  • Inflammation of the vein
  • Leg cramps
  • Skin Discoloration

This method of treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins has become quite popular amongst patients for several reasons. Advantages of endovenous laser ablation include:

  • Short procedure that lasts between 45-60 minutes
  • A 95% success rate from the vein specialists of Flower Mounds
  • Minimal pain, scarring, bruising, or swelling

EVLA Recovery Time

In addition to an extremely short procedure, you can also expect a short recovery time with your laser vein ablation. Many patients experience immediate relief of painful symptoms and return to regular activities the day after their endovenous laser ablation. However, it is often advised to avoid strenuous activities for roughly 2 weeks after this procedure.

More Information From Flower Mound Vein Center

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Handley about your own endovenous laser ablation, please request an appointment online or contact our office at (972) 410-5757 today.

A Flower Mound Vein Specialist Explains Why Experts Know That Seeing A Vein Doctor Is a Good Idea

One of the things that always surprises us in our practice as vascular doctors in Flower Mound is when new patients tell us that their general practitioners recommended that they see a vein doctor months or even years ago, and that they didn’t do it. When asked why, some say that they considered it unnecessary, because after all varicose veins are a “normal part of aging,” and they figured they could “live with them.”

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A Flower Mound Vein Specialist Discusses Why People Are Embarrassed to Talk About Their Varicose Veins

As experienced vascular doctors in Flower Mound, naturally we’ve noticed the extent to which many of our patients go to hide their varicose veins. They tell us that they wear long pants and dark stockings, and manage to come up with a seemingly endless string of excuses to avoid playing sports or going to the beach, and thus having to reveal their legs, because they’re embarrassed by how they look. While this is understandable, one thing that surprises us is that many of these patients seem to be embarrassed to even talk about their varicose veins, even with us, their vein doctors. It’s as if some of these folks have been trying to “live with” their varicose veins by pretending they don’t exist for so long that they feel the need to do so even when talking to a specialist. In this article we’d like to discuss this reluctance to talk about varicose veins, and bring the subject into the open.

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A Flower Mound Vascular Doctor Explains What You Don’t Know About Swollen Legs and Ankles

One of the most common symptoms we encounter in our practice is from patients who complain of chronically swollen legs and ankles. At first they didn’t pay much attention to them, believing that the swelling must have been due to overexertion or a sprain or something similar, but then the swelling didn’t go away. It grew worse, became painful, and started to interfere with their ability to walk and perform everyday tasks, so they are finally seeking advice from a Flower Mound vascular doctor to find out what’s wrong.

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