Varicose Vein Treatment at Southcoast
Southcoast Hospitals offers EndoVenous Laser Treatments (EVLT), a comprehensive approach to the treatment of abnormal veins of the legs and other parts of the body.
Varicose veins are bulging cords visible under the skin that are unsightly and create multiple medical problems, such as pain, swelling, tired legs, cramps, itchiness, skin discoloration and ulceration and bleeding. Spider veins are small blue or red vessels visible within the skin. Most often the legs are affected, but abnormal veins could develop in other parts of the body.
Traditionally, a surgical procedure called vein stripping was the only way to remove varicose veins. The modern approach offered at Southcoast Hospitals, allows us to treat varicose veins without major surgery or hospital admission.
EVLT is a minimally invasive procedure that has replaced vein stripping surgery. EVLT is performed in outpatient settings under local anesthesia, takes about an hour and patients are immediately returned to near normal activities.
EVLT is commonly supplemented with additional procedures, such as ambulatory phlebectomy and sclerotherapy, either at the same time, or at a later visit. Specialized graduated compression therapy is also used to facilitate resolution of the abnormal veins.
The comprehensive approach to the treatment of abnormal veins at Southcoast Hospitals starts with the initial consultation and examination by an interventional radiologist Ð a physician specializing on minimally invasive treatment of vascular diseases. The patients then undergo evaluation of their veins with Doppler ultrasound by a dedicated vascular sonographer.
After the treatment is performed, patients are scheduled for a follow-up appointments to assess the results and provide supplemental treatments as necessary.
Call Southcoast Hospitals at 508-961-5843 to schedule a consultation to determine what vein treatment is appropriate for you.
For more information, download the patient brochure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any follow-up to the procedure?
Within the subsequent few weeks the patients usually have their legs reexamined, and small leftover veins are eliminated with injection of sclerosing medication or removed through the tiny incisions.
Why EndoVenous Laser Treatment?
There are obvious benefits of EVLT compared to the surgical treatment. It is an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour and provides better results than surgery. There is only minor bruising and pain, which can be easily controlled by over-the-counter medications, allowing you to immediately resume near normal activity.
How successful is EVLT?
The success rate for the procedure is quite high. The two-year data shows a 93-95 percent success rate, much higher efficacy rate than surgical ligation or stripping.
Will the procedure require any anesthesia?
No general anesthesia or sedation is required. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
How quickly can I return to my normal activities?
The patients are returned to near normal activity immediately after the procedure, including walking, driving, etc Some activities, such as heavy lifting, will be limited for several days, depending of the procedure performed.
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the treatment?
In most cases, there is little or no swelling following the treatment. You will have tenderness and existing bruising along your inner thigh for a week or so. Some skin staining may occur for a period of time, which resolves spontaneously.
For answers to more frequently asked questions, download the EVLT patient brochure.