Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins

Get rid of varicose veins. Without surgery.

A new laser treatment has been proven to get excellent results without the pain and lengthy recovery of surgical "vein stripping." If you've been living with the pain and self-consciousness of varicose veins, Emory interventional radiologists offer new hope for effective treatment.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg up to the heart. In your leg, the blood has to flow upward, against gravity. Normally, one-way valves prevent the blood from flowing backward. When these valves become weak and do not close properly, they allow the blood to flow backward, a condition called reflux. The increased pressure from reflux allows blood to pool and causes the bulging and twisting of the blood vessels associated with varicose veins.

Varicose veins affect one out of two people aged 50 and above and 15% to 25% of all adults.

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What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose veins can cause aching pain, easily tired legs and leg heaviness, all of which worsen as the day goes on. Many people who have reduced blood flow in the legs experience these symptoms without visible varicose veins.

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How is the laser varicose vein procedure different from surgery?

Laser treatment of varicose veins is minimally invasive, meaning the entry point where your physician inserts the laser is extremely small, not even requiring stitches. There is really no "recovery" to speak of. In fact, you will be up and walking as soon as the procedure is complete and able to return to full normal activity. In addition, risk of infection is extremely low.

Surgery for varicose veins

  • Considerable preparation
  • General anesthesia
  • Pain in the affected areas
  • Lengthy recovery period
  • Potential scarring
  • Four- to eight-hour procedure

Laser Treatment at Emory

  • No preparation
  • No anesthesia
  • Minimal pain
  • Immediate return to normal activities
  • No scarring
  • 45-minute outpatient procedure

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Exactly how does a laser treat varicose veins?

A laser is a highly concentrated beam of light. Laser treatment fixes varicose veins at the source by delivering just the right amount of laser energy to just the right tissue, causing the damaged vein to close, after which your body automatically routes the blood to other healthy veins.

Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all kinds of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology. In the hands of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk and complications than conventional surgery.

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What is the actual procedure like?

It takes about 45 minutes and can be performed right in your physician's office with no general anesthesia, just a local anesthetic. Your physician inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein through a sheath, and the laser light is emitted through the fiber. While you might feel some unfamiliar sensation, it is not painful.

To learn more about the procedure, please view our short video on "Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins."

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How effective is laser treatment?

In clinical trials, laser treatment has proved to be 97% effective, which is an outstanding record of success. You should experience no reoccurrence in the veins that have been treated. Follow-up procedures may be desired to obtain optimal aesthetic results. And the procedure is covered by most major insurance companies.

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Scheduling an Appointment:
No surgery, No Downtime, No Varicose Veins

If you suffer from this condition, now might be the time to do something about it. For more information and scheduling, call 404-712-7033.