Laser vein treatment, or EVLT, is a fast and highly effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. Endovenous laser therapy is performed on an outpatient basis with the benefit of a local anesthetic; it closes incompetent veins and eliminates medical and cosmetic symptoms.
Let’s talk about how to prepare yourself before laser vein treatment and where you can go in Tampa, FL, to effectively manage vein-related problems.
Preparing for EVLT
This state-of-the-art varicose vein treatment in Tampa, FL, is a great alternative to the pain, swelling, and leg fatigue common to weak, unattractive varicose veins in the lower extremities. It also erases thread-like, purple spider veins located anywhere on the body.
To determine if endovenous laser therapy is right for your unique needs and treatment goals, you will undergo a complete history and physical examination with your vein surgeon. An ultrasound assessment helps the doctor determine how blood flows through the damaged vessels. This test also maps the veins and actually guides the treatment catheter and laser instrument during the procedure itself.
A week before your EVLT procedure, you should stop taking all herbal supplements and vitamins. If you take prescription blood thinners, your vein doctor will tell you if and when to stop taking them as well.
On the day of your EVLT, be sure to:
- Eat and drink normally (fasting is not necessary)
- Have a responsible adult drive you to your appointment and take you home as well
- Wear comfortable clothes (likely you will wear a gown for your treatment)
Undergoing Your Endovenous Laser Vein Therapy
After he cleanses and numbs the operative site with the local anesthetic, the doctor uses a small incision to place a thin catheter into the vein. Then, he inserts the laser instrument into the vein and guides it into the abnormal area.
The light energy is applied, effectively closing the vein. You may feel a heat sensation as the laser does its work. Then, the vein surgeon withdraws the catheter and laser. Suturing is unnecessary; only a bandage keeps the wound closed and dry.
After your in-office treatment, you will return home to rest and:
- Wear compression stockings for a prescribed period
- Elevate the operated leg
- Ice for 10 minutes at a time for about a week to reduce swelling
- Walk three times a day for at least two weeks to improve circulation
- Avoid hot baths and direct sunlight for two weeks
Get the Varicose and Spider Vein Relief You Deserve
At Edward G. Mackay and Associates, our vascular surgeon, Dr. Mackay, is highly experienced in a wide array of vascular treatments, from minimally invasive to the most complex of procedures. Rely on him to recommend the treatment right for your health and desired outcomes.
Don’t wait until your varicose or spider veins worsen. Call us today for a personalized and informative consultation with our professional team. Phone (727) 349-5652, or request your visit online. We have offices in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and Largo, FL.