Endovenous Laser Ablation
New minimally invasive procedures have literally revolutionized the treatment of venous insufficiency. A procedure called Endovenous Laser Therapy can be performed in the office setting and involves little recovery and down time.
Ultrasound is used to guide a laser fiber into the abnormal vein and laser energy is used to destroy the vein. A local anesthetic is administered so there is virtually no pain. Patients wear compression stockings after the procedure and are encouraged to walk. Light exercise is permitted and patients can return to work the following day. The majority of patients experience significant improvement of their symptoms within two weeks.
Most insurance companies recognize venous insufficiency as a chronic medical condition and therefore will cover the cost of the procedure. Patients will need to check with their insurance company to see if they qualify for coverage.