Endovenous laser varicose vein surgery is a procedure that uses heat from a laser to reduce varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins that often happen on the thighs or calves. A laser is a device that sends a thin beam of radiation in the form of light.
Laser surgery closes and shrinks the varicose vein and causes scar tissue within the vessel. This seals off the vein. Blood then flows through other nearby veins instead.
Your healthcare provider may suggest laser surgery if your varicose veins are sore, or red and swollen (inflamed). Laser surgery may also be recommended if the skin over your varicose veins is irritated.
Varicose veins are not usually a serious health problem, but they can be painful. You may also not like how they look.
All surgeries have some risks. Some possible risks of laser varicose vein surgery include:
You may have other risks, depending on your general health. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about any concerns you have before your surgery.
Your healthcare provider may have other instructions for you.
This procedure doesn’t require a hospital stay. It may be done in your healthcare provider’s office. The procedure usually takes less than an hour. You can likely go home the same day. Bring loose-fitting clothing to wear right after your surgery.
Generally, endovenous laser varicose vein surgery follows this process:
The procedure usually takes less than an hour. The cut where the catheter was inserted will likely be small enough that you won’t need stitches. A bandage will be put on the site.
You will be encouraged to walk right after the procedure, for about 30 to 60 minutes.
Your leg may have some bruising. The bruises should go away in about 2 weeks.
You’ll need to have someone drive you home after your surgery.
After you go home, be sure to follow any instructions from your provider. You may be told to:
When it comes to medicine, be sure to:
Your healthcare provider may want to give you an exam at a follow-up visit. He or she may use ultrasound to make sure the laser procedure worked.
Call your healthcare provider if you have:
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions, depending on your situation.
Before you agree to the test or the procedure make sure you know: