Leg pain, trouble with blood flow, ulcers, and undesirable appearance are just a few of the consequences of varicose veins in the leg, which affect between 15 and 25 percent of all adults. Commonly, varicose veins have been treated with a procedure known as vein stripping, which involves multiple incisions (and often scarring), general anesthesia, and a fairly long recovery process. However, an innovative procedure involving lasers is being offered at Emory to treat varicose veins without surgery.
A laser fiber is threaded through the troubled vein and emits a highly concentrated beam of light, which collapses and obliterates the varicose vein. Using laser treatment, blood flow to the troublesome varicose veins is instantly shut off and the body reroutes the blood flow to other healthy functioning veins. Unlike surgical treatment of varicose veins, with laser treatment the troubled varicose vein does not need to be removed from the body and does not require stitches. And because the laser delivers energy to the vein with such precision, surrounding tissue is not affected or damaged.
This laser treatment for varicose veins results in very little post procedure discomfort and in clinical trials has proven to be 97 percent effective. Laser treatment is covered by most major insurance providers and Medicare. To learn more about Emory’s laser treatment of varicose veins, please attend our upcoming varicose veins seminar (choose “varicose veins” from drop-down) on Thursday, July 15 at 6:30PM. The seminar will be held at Emory University Hospital.