Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation


What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Endovenous Laser Ablation is minimally invasive. It uses a laser fibre put inside the varicose vein. It causes closure of the vein with heat energy. It is usually done in combination with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. A sonographer will be in attendance to provide ultrasound guidance.

What veins can be treated with Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Large varicose veins can be treated with Endovenous Laser Ablation.

Does the treatment hurt?

There is some minor discomfort felt during the treatment.

Does the vein treatment interfere with my work or home duties?

This is a walk-in, walk-out procedure. Treatments take up to 90 minutes to perform, after which you will need to go for a 30 minute walk. Following treatment your daily routine should not be disrupted, however heavy physical exercise or workloads should be avoided for about 2 weeks following each treatment. You will need to wear compressions stockings following your treatment.

What if I do not treat my varicose veins?

Vein disease is progressive which, if left untreated, is likely to become worse with time. Increasing symptoms and complications may occur.

Do I need these veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins are not functional. Once veins become abnormal our body find alternative pathways with healthy veins to carry blood. You can never run out of veins. Varicose veins are not missed by the circulation; in fact it improves without them.

Will the treated veins come back?

Treated correctly, the veins will not come back as the body has absorbed them. New veins however, may appear with time. How quickly and how many appear depends on whether you have inherited veins that are more likely to deteriorate. Other factors such as starting the pill, becoming pregnant or occupations with prolonged standing can affect the development of abnormal veins.

Should I wait until I have completed my family?

Becoming pregnant with existing varicose veins will only lead to veins becoming significantly worse as the pregnancy develops. Phebologists agree that treatment for varicose veins is best performed before or between pregnancies.

Is it covered by private health insurance?

Endovenous Laser Ablation under sedation may be covered by your private health insurance. Endovenous Laser Ablation without sedation will not be covered by your private health insurance, however you will receive a rebate from Medicare. Your doctor will discuss your options at a consultation as each patient is unique.

What can I expect after treatment?

See: Post Treatment Care


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