What is venous disease?

Since the cause of varicose veins stem from a deeper problem, the first step is to identify a problem in the larger veins of the legs. After treating the culprit vein, we remove small sections of the bulging vein to improve symptoms as well as appearance.

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose and spider veins are the end result of long-term venous disease in the legs. Varicose veins manifest as large bulging veins while spider veins appear as a tiny vein just at the surface of the skin. Spider veins have a characteristic pattern that looks similar to a spider’s-web.

What can I do for varicose veins?

Since the cause of varicose veins stem from a deeper problem, the first step is to identify a problem in the larger veins of the legs. By using ultrasound we can locate a diseased vein. Once the vein has been identified as being problematic, we use state of the art laser fibers to ablate the diseased vein. After treating the culprit vein, we remove small sections of the bulging vein to improve symptoms as well as appearance.

What can I do for spider veins?

As with varicose veins, the cause of spider veins may stem from a deeper problem. The first step is to identify a potential problem in the larger veins of the legs. By using ultrasound we can locate a diseased vein. If the vein is problematic, we use state of the art laser fibers to ablate the diseased vein. After treating the culprit vein, we inject a medicine into the spider vein itself to bring about resolution. If there is no problem with a larger vein, we can still inject the medicine into the spider vein complex to help resolve the problem. Treating a spider vein by injecting a medicine is called sclerotherapy.

How does the laser ablation procedure for a larger vein work?

The laser ablation procedure is performed in the office and typically takes less than 1 hour. It is exceptionally well tolerated thanks to recent gains in technology. At Artemis, we use ultrasound technology to identify the diseased vein. Once the vein has been located, a catheter is placed into the vein followed by a laser fiber. The laser fiber is activated and as it is withdrawn, the vein will clot which effectively closes down the vein and the problem leading to venous disease. After the laser ablation, we turn our attention to the varicose veins. After making micro incisions in the skin, we can remove small sections of the varicose veins to bring about a faster resolution of symptoms and improve appearance.

Does the laser ablation procedure hurt?

The laser ablation procedure is extremely well tolerated by almost all patients. There are a few needle sticks required to place the numbing medicine around the vein. After the numbing medicine is placed, the procedure is painless. We offer a light sedative if a patient is anxious prior to the procedure; however most patients do not take this medication.

What can I expect after the laser ablation procedure?

The first night following the laser ablation procedure you may experience soreness in the vein that was ablated. This is normal and the level of soreness varies from patient to patient. The majority of patients require only a mild anti-inflammatory or analgesic such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for 1-2 days. Your leg will be wrapped for 24 hours after the procedure. Once the wraps are removed you will need to wear compression stockings for 7 days. For the first 48 hours after the procedure, avoid any strenuous activity. Mild to moderate bruising is commonly seen which is normal for the procedure. A small amount of bleeding may occur which can easily be stopped by mild pressure at the site. We schedule a post-op visit within 7 days of your procedure to ensure you are healing well.

When can I return to normal activity and when can I return to work?

The key to a successful procedure is to continue performing your normal activity. Normal activity includes activities such as walking, driving, cooking, running errands, etc. We want you performing normal activity during the first week following the procedure, including the first evening. We want you to avoid strenuous activity such as skiing, marathons, long cycling rides for 1-2 weeks. You may return to work the next day.

Is the laser ablation procedure safe?

The laser ablation procedure uses state-of-the-art technology to identify and treat the diseased vein. This procedure is performed thousands of times each year in the United States and the safety profile is impeccable.

If you ablate the larger vein, what happens to the blood that was originally coursing through this vein?

There are many other veins within the legs to return blood to the heart. Since the diseased vein has been ablated, blood will naturally find other veins to continue the cycle of venous return.

Will I need someone to drive me home after the procedure?

If you have taken the mild sedative prior to the procedure, then a driver is mandatory. Otherwise, you may drive yourself home.

Will my insurance cover the laser ablation procedure?

Most insurances will cover the laser ablation procedure. At Artemis, we will submit your case to your insurance for coverage. Our billing staff can assist you with any questions you may have regarding payment.

What happens if a varicose veins, spider veins or leg vein symptoms return following my vein treatments?

Recurrence may happen following vein treatments. You will be counseled on the recurrent nature of venous disease. Should you have a recurrence, we will re-evaluate your signs and symptoms to determine the cause and treat the problem.

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