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How Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment Can Help Treat Your Varicose Veins

Last updated: February 26, 2018
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“If you cross your legs, you’ll get varicose veins.”

“Exercising will make varicose veins worse.”

“Varicose veins only happen in women.”

Though you have likely heard all of the above statements, and assumed they are true, they are in fact 100% false? These are just some of the many myths about varicose veins that exist in our world today.

It is obvious that there is quite a bit that remains unknown about varicose veins, despite the fact that one in every five adults in the United States suffers from them.

Keeping people informed about vein health is one of our primary focuses here at Vein Clinics of America, and today we are going to continue that education.

Today we are sharing with you how the common occurrence of vein problems has led to some pretty incredible technological advancements in the world of veins, including one of the most popular treatments at our vein clinics across the country: Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment (EVTA).

Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment’s Role in Vein Health

What is EVTA?

Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment is essentially a long-winded way of saying “laser therapy.”

This medical procedure has been proven safe to not only treat the symptoms of varicose veins but also to treat the conditions that led to the vein problems in the first place.

Offering up less bruising, lower levels of pain and easier recovery than previous vein treatments, EVTA is a great option for patients suffering from vein problems, especially varicose veins.

This treatment is an outpatient procedure and typically does not take longer than an hour to perform. EVTA won’t force you to be hospitalized, either, so you’ll be able to go home immediately following the procedure, and can expect to recover after just a few hours.

What happens during the procedure?

Lasers are the name of the game with Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment.

This procedure begins with the numbing of the skin and tissue surrounding the damaged vein(s).

Then, a small cut is made in the troubled vein areas, and a tiny optic fiber is inserted.

Once the optic fiber is in the right spot, the laser light is turned on, which then heats up and collapses the veins whose valves have been compromised.

You can rest easy knowing that EVTA is performed under the guidance of ultrasound, so the doctor has a live and accurate look at your veins as they are right now.

How does EVTA work?

By using the laser to rid of the damaged veins, your body is able to divert blood flow to your healthy veins. The unhealthy veins that were destroyed during the procedure will, over time, be absorbed by your body.

By taking the damaged veins out of the picture, your body will be able to function better using healthy veins, and you will see your circulation greatly improve.

Are there any side effects?

Bruising, a bit of pain, and some discomfort are to be expected following EVTA, but those should last no more than a few weeks after the procedure.

Patients undergoing Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment should expect to be able to get back to their everyday routine quickly and easily after treatment.

Is the procedure the same for every patient?

Here at Vein Clinics of America, we never use one single approach to treat all of our patients.

Each patient’s condition is different from the next, if even just slightly. In order to ensure that your veins return to a healthy state, our vascular specialists tailor treatment to each patient’s specific needs.

Your specialist may determine that you need just one EVTA treatment, or maybe that you’ll need more.

Whatever the treatment plan, you can trust Vein Clinics of America to do only what is necessary, and what will help get you back on your feet as soon as possible, in the most healthy way possible.

How do I know if EVTA is right for me?

Your vascular specialist will be the only one who can ultimately determine whether EVTA is right for you, but there are some signs you can look out to know when it’s time to call a Vein Clinics of America near you.

VCA doctor, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula, MD says that “symptoms of vein disease may be visible to the naked eye and may also occur internally in your legs, hands, and face. What is often initially perceived as a cosmetic issue can turn into a major health issue if left untreated. Symptoms of heaviness, throbbing, swelling, itchiness, restlessness or fatigue are all possible signs of vein disease.”

If your veins are causing you any problems, contact your local Vein Clinics of America doctor to set up a FREE consultation.

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