Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue. They can indicate underlying venous insufficiency that requires treatment from an experienced, board-certified vein specialist. Dr. Craig Schwartz at Premier Vein and Body by Schwartz performs Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) to correct varicose veins.
What is EVLA Vein Treatment?
After a patient is diagnosed with venous insufficiency, the EVLA treatment uses laser energy to close off the diseased Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) that runs from the groin to the ankle, deep within the venous system, thus redirecting blood flow to healthier veins. Varicose veins, the blue or purple bulging veins many people experience on their legs, stem from the patient having venous insufficiency within the GSV, the longest vein in the body. The presence of venous insufficiency within this vein means that it (and its supporting veins) has lost its ability to keep blood flowing back to the heart, with the blood, instead, pooling in the veins, causing them to expand. EVLA restores normal blood flow by closing the diseased vein so that the blood flow can be routed through healthier veins in the system.
Dr. Schwartz uses the TVS 1470nm laser for endovenous laser ablations. This powerful but precise laser damages the inside of the diseased vein with thermal energy, causing no harm to the surrounding tissue, thus leaving no marks or scars. The treated vein will fibrose, shrink down and collapse, and the blood running through the venous system finds other, more functional pathways back to the heart. The treated veins will fade away over time for beautiful cosmetic results. EVLA is safe, effective, and considered the best treatment for varicose veins and their underlying causes.