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Varicose Veins

varicose-veinsEndovenous Laser Therapy

Approximately half of the population has some form of venous disease. Varicose veins affect 20-25% of all adults. However, with endovenous laser therapy, no surgery is needed, and works by delivering laser energy through a small puncture in the leg to close the diseased vein. The entire procedure is often performed in less than an hour in our office.

During the procedure, you are awake, and your leg is numbed using Novacaine. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the greater saphenous vein in your thigh. Our physician will deliver laser energy through the fiber and into the vein, causing the vein to close. Blood is routed through healthy veins.

Endovenous laser is a procedure that is covered by most insurance companies and medicare. Please call us for a free consultation with a registered nurse or to book a consultation with Dr. Morris. The consultation with the nurse is free, and does not involve a patient’s insurance. Consultations scheduled with Dr. Morris, as well as the procedure are covered under most insurance plans and Medicare.

During your consultation with Dr. Morris, he will examine your legs and take a complete medical history. He may recommend duplex ultrasound. This is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to create pictures. It provides detailed information about the venous system. It also shows blood flow, which helps Dr. Morris to determine where reflux is occurring. After your evaluation, a plan is tailored to your individual needs. There are several treatment options for varicosed veins.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

This procedure uses heat to treat a varicose vein, often a saphenous vein. Closing off a problem vein reduces pressure on smaller varicose veins. Endovenous laser ablation involves only needle punctures, not incisions.

How It Works

A puncture is made into the vein with a needle. A laser fiber is then introduced by a catheter into the vein. Ultrasound is used to help position the laser in the proper place. Once the laser fiber is positioned in place, a numbing agent (Xylocaine) is then introduced around the vein to bathe it and numb the leg. The laser is then drawn backward, destroying the diseased vein behind it. Over time, the body absorbs the treated vein.

Your Experience

This procedure is performed is the privacy of our state-of-the-art surgical suite. You will be awake, but mildly sedated with oral medications and the use of local anesthesia. When the procedure is complete, a pressure bandage is applied to the treated area. You will be able to go home soon after the procedure resuming your normal activities, including work, in 1-2 days. A prescription for pain medication is given but most discomfort is controlled with over-the-counter medications. Your legs may look and feel better right away. Or it my take several weeks for you to see improvement.

Additional procedures such as microphlebectomy may be performed at the time of vein ablation if necessary. This involves small incisions over or beside the vein or veins to be removed. These incisions are made with a needle or small puncturing instrument. A special hook is then used to remove the vein in sections through these punctures.

Cost Of Procedure

In most cases, consultation, duplex imaging and endovenous laser ablation is covered under most insurance plans. All patients are different, results depicted in the photographs are not necessarily representative of all results, and individual results may vary.

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