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Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins: What to Expect, and Benefits

A large section of the world's population is affected by varicose veins, a vascular disorder that can be painful, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Fortunately, laser therapy is a promising remedy provided by contemporary medical technology. This minimally invasive method, also known as Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) or endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), has become a ray of hope for people suffering from varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), also known as Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), has received FDA clearance for treating varicose veins and has a remarkable success rate of 98 percent.


We will walk you through every aspect of this state-of-the-art operation, giving you a comprehensive knowledge of its potential to reduce the problems caused by varicose veins and provide those dealing with this prevalent vascular condition back their comfort and confidence.


Understanding Varicose Veins


Knowing what varicose veins are and how they develop before deciding on laser treatment is essential. These swollen and twisted veins often occur in the legs. These veins are usually caused by weakened or malfunctioning valves that disrupt blood flow. The veins swell as a result of blood accumulating there. Numerous signs and symptoms of varicose veins include:

  •       Pain or discomfort: Patients can experience leg aching, throbbing, or heavy feelings, especially when standing or sitting for long periods.
  •       Swelling: Swelling can occur, especially around the ankles or lower legs.
  •       Cosmetic concerns: Twisted, protruding venous can be unsightly.
  •       Skin Changes: Varicose veins, over time, can cause skin changes, such as inflammation, discoloration, or ulcers.


What to expect from laser therapy for varicose veins


For many people, varicose veins can cause pain and appearance issues. A minimally invasive option to handle this frequent vascular problem is laser therapy. Here is a step-by-step description of what to anticipate during varicose vein laser treatment:

  •       Consultation

Consultations with a vascular expert are usually the first step in addressing varicose venous problems. The doctor will evaluate the severity of your varicose venous disease during this consultation. Ultrasound imaging is often used to obtain a complete view of all affected veins.

  •       Local Anaesthesia

Laser treatment for varicose venous is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Local anaesthesia will be used to numb your skin, where the laser will be applied. Despite being awake, you won't be in pain.

  •       Laser Application

A thin laser fibre is the core of this procedure. The fibre is inserted through a small cut, usually near the knee. The laser emits heat and seals from within the vein, causing its collapse. Ultrasound guidance ensures precise placement of the laser.

  •       Post-Procedure Recovery and Care

Your physician might suggest that you wear compression stockings after laser therapy. These stockings promote blood circulation and reduce Swelling. Usually, patients can return to normal activities within a few days. Strenuous activities, however, may be restricted for a couple of weeks.

  •       Results

Your body will gradually absorb the treated vein, and the blood flow will be redirected towards healthier veins. Within a few weeks or months, you will notice a reduction in pain, Swelling, and varicose symptoms.


Laser Therapy Benefits for Varicose Venous


Laser therapy benefits over traditional surgery for varicose Veins are numerous.

  1. Minimally Invasive Technique

Laser therapy is minimally invasive, which means that it only requires small incisions. This reduces the trauma to surrounding tissues and the likelihood of scarring.

  1. High success rate

Laser therapy is highly effective in treating varicose venous. It is a long-lasting treatment that provides relief from symptoms as well as improving the appearance.

  1. Less Pain

Laser therapy is generally less painful and uncomfortable than traditional vein-stripping surgery. Local anaesthesia makes the procedure painless.

  1. Faster recovery

Laser therapy allows patients to resume their normal daily activities faster. It is important to note that this is particularly true for those with a busy schedule.

  1. Cosmetic Improvement

Laser therapy is not only effective in relieving pain, but it can also lead to cosmetic improvements. As the treated blood vessels fade, the appearance and self-confidence of the legs improve.

  1. Reduced Complication Risk

Laser therapy has a lower rate of complications than open surgery. These include nerve injury, infection, and scarring.

  1. Outpatient Procedure

Laser therapy is usually performed as an outpatient, removing the need for hospitalisation. It is a convenient treatment for many patients.

  1.   Minimal Scarring

Due to the procedure's small incisions, there is minimum scarring. Comparing this to conventional vein stripping procedures, which frequently result in larger, more pronounced scars, leads to better cosmetic outcomes.

  1.   Improving Quality of Life

The reduction of symptoms like pain, edoema, and discomfort after varicose vein laser therapy is one of its most substantial advantages. The overall quality of life for a patient is considerably improved by these changes.

  1. Lesser Risk of Infection

 When compared to open surgical treatments, laser treatment poses a lesser risk of infection due to its low invasiveness and use of small incisions.

  1. Therapy Customization

Each patient's demands can be met with laser therapy that is tailored to them. Varicose veins of various sizes and different locations can be addressed by the technique, ensuring a specialized approach to care.




Laser therapy for varicose venous is a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment option that offers numerous benefits. It provides relief from varicose-vein symptoms and cosmetic improvements. Cold laser or low-level therapy has a different medical use and is used for wound healing, pain management, and dermatological treatment. Consult a vascular expert before deciding on laser therapy to treat varicose veins.

Dr. Virender K Sheorain
Peripheral Vascular and Endovascular Sciences
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