Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Utah
What are Varicose Veins?
Most commonly occurring in your legs and feet, varicose veins are previously-healthy veins that have become unnaturally large and twisted, often appearing as unsightly dark ridges on your skin. Women are most likely to suffer from varicose veins; other risk factors include weight gain, pregnancy or a family history of venous reflux disease. It’s important to remember, however, that varicose veins can occur in both genders and at all ages, and in people with no obvious risk factors.Varicose Vein Prevention
How Does Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Work?
At the Vein Institute of Utah, we specialize in outpatient, laser procedures that typically take less than one hour. Along with the convenient time frame, laser treatment offers less discomfort during the procedure, a shorter recovery time and minimal scarring, compared to some other treatments.
The procedure at our state-of-the-art facility in Sandy, UT is non-invasive and highly effective. After giving the affected area local anesthesia, our vascular surgeon inserts a thin laser into the enlarged vein. The safe but targeted heat of the laser’s energy results in the varicose vein shrinking, then collapsing. Once this happens, your blood circulation is safely rerouted to your healthy veins.
What Can I Expect After the Laser Treatment?
Recovery time is typically brief and with minimal pain, but you can better prepare by knowing what you’re likely to experience — as well as what you can do to improve the post-procedure period.
- Some bruising and discomfort may occur 3 to 10 days after the procedure. This is normal, and can be minimized with simple treatment.
- We’ll recommend specific oral medications and compression stockings for pain management and faster healing times. Compression stockings are also ideal as a long-term control measure for vein issues.
- Light walking just after the laser treatment, and in the days following the procedure, will help speed recovery. Overdoing exercise or undertaking strenuous physical work is not recommended.
- We’ll carefully monitor your recovery, and evaluate the results of your endovenous laser procedure. While fewer than three percent of patients undergoing the procedure fail to see results, in some cases further treatment may be recommended.
- You’ll be given a complete plan to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence of varicose vein problems. Your personalized list of recommendations will focus on nutrition, as well as the exercise plan works best for your lifestyle. It will also cover the precautionary use of compression stockings — what kind to get, and when you should wear them.
Will My Insurance Cover the Costs?
Most insurance plans do recognize the health benefits of endovenous laser treatments, but it’s important to check with your provider to understand exactly what your coverage options are. We are happy to work with your insurance provider to make the best possible arrangement for you. Should the need arise, however, we will assist you in arranging a CareCredit interest-free payment plan.
How Do I Know If Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Is Right for Me?
Varicose veins, while sometimes unsightly, can have implications beyond appearance. The unnatural gnarling and slowed blood circulation can cause discomfort and even severe pain. In addition, varicose veins and even smaller spider veins can be a sign of a more serious, underlying condition.
All of these considerations will be covered during a consultation with our qualified vein surgeon. While endovenous laser treatment is often the preferred procedure for varicose veins, the Vein Institute of Utah is committed to creating a treatment plan that works best for your specific condition and other considerations.
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If you are interested in learning more about laser treatment for varicose veins, schedule an appointment with the Vein Institute of Utah. Call (801) 999-1528, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, or sign up for a free vein screening event here. We have helped people from all over Utah including those in Sandy, Murray, Draper, West Jordan, South Jordan, Salt Lake City and more.