This procedure involves the insertion of a thin fiber into the damaged vein through a very small puncture site in the skin. Laser light is then sent through the fiber, causing the vein to be heated from the inside. As the fiber is slowly pulled back out of the vein, the vein tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body’s blood flow.
The blood is then automatically routed to other, healthy veins that will work more effectively to move the blood back up to the heart. The entire procedure is done in our office under local anesthesia (numbing shots). After the procedure, the treated area is covered with light gauze padding and a compression stocking is placed on the treated leg.
After treatment, patients can return immediately to normal activity, with the exception of high-impact activities like running or jumping. This treatment is commonly used for very large veins, or for veins in higher-pressure areas, such as in the upper thighs.