Endovenous ablation is a treatment method by which veins are closed off by delivering laser energy to the walls of the vessels from the inside. Its most common usage is for the removal of varicose veins.
Varicose veins develop when the blood is not flowing through the vessels as well as it should be. As a result, it can begin to pool and cause added pressure to be exerted against the walls of the affected vein. The most likely reason for this is the failure of the valves that are located inside the veins. When functioning properly, these devices act as one-way check valves that only allow the blood to flow in one direction. For the veins, the direction of flow is toward the heart and lungs.
After the oxygen-enriched blood is taken from the lungs to the various parts of the body through the arteries, the veins carry it back to the lungs for a fresh supply. Since the veins in the legs must be pumped against the pull of gravity for much of the time, there must be something in place to keep it from flowing backwards between beats of the heart. That is the purpose of these valves. Whenever they do not work correctly, the blood will tend to go backwards, against the normal flow created by the pumping action of the heart.
When the blood is not flowing properly because of faulty valves, it will build up inside the veins. This leads to added pressure inside the veins, causing them to enlarge and develop into the condition known as varicose veins.
Varicose veins can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs. People with the condition can experience sensations of numbness, tingling, itching and aching. There can also be some swelling, especially in the lower legs and around the ankles.
These veins can also cause the skin to bulge out. This causes a negative impact on the appearance. In addition, the veins are usually blue and are visible through the skin. Many people seek varicose vein removal at our office in Fort Myers because of the appearance impact the condition creates. Others seek treatment for relief of the uncomfortable symptoms.
Varicose veins are frequently treated with endovenous ablation laser therapy. This method involves the use of a catheter. A laser fiber is pulled through the catheter through the length of the vein. As this happens, laser energy will be emitted toward the walls of the vein. As this energy is absorbed by the tissue, it will convert to heat that will cause the vein to collapse and seal off.
If you are suffering from varicose veins and are looking for a minimally-invasive procedure as an alternative to the more invasive vein stripping surgery, you should ask our team at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida about endovenous ablation. After this procedure, you can get back to your normal life right away. You can then begin to enjoy an improved appearance, and you won’t have to endure the discomforts caused by the condition either. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Fort Myers.