As one of Kansas City’s original outpatient vein treatment centers, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz has performed over 12,000 successful vein treatments, many of which have focused on varicose veins. Bulging, knotty varicose veins aren’t only aesthetically problematic, but they can be painful, itchy, throbbing, or burning, and more importantly, can lead to significant complications down the road. You no longer have to live with them thanks to laser varicose vein removal treatments.
Dr. Schwartz employs the TVS 1470nm laser for Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT ) or Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) to treat venous insufficiency – the cause of varicose veins. Thermal heat is delivered into the dysfunctional vein deep within the venous system via a laser fiber, placed through a tiny needle or catheter. The heat irritates the vein’s lining to seal the vein shut, form scar tissue, effectively blocking the vessel, and causing its collapse and absorption. EVLT provides fast symptom relief with less trauma to surrounding tissues, and there’s no scarring.
EVLA is usually used to “close” or seal off the Greater or Lesser Saphenous Veins, which feed the varicose veins. This redirects blood through healthy veins and stops blood flow through the diseased veins. The problem veins will collapse and can either be removed by the body or by treatment with Dr. Schwartz. Before your procedure, he will discuss your post-EVLA options.
EVLA treatment will often be covered by insurance. It is considered a medically necessary treatment for reversing significant vein disease. The team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz can help you with the process of determining your insurance eligibility.
Varicose veins result from underlying venous insufficiency or reflux. Veins that carry blood against the force of gravity have valves to prevent blood from flowing backward or pooling in the legs. These valves can become damaged, allowing backflow that results in bulging varicose veins. Damage may occur due to age, trauma, or increased pressure on the venous system.
Whether a person develops varicose veins depends on several factors. Heredity plays a strong role, making you more susceptible to venous insufficiency. Women are more likely to develop vein disease than men. During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause increased blood flow that can increase pressure on the venous system. Sitting or standing for long periods of time without changing your position can contribute to varicose veins as well. Regular physical activity will maintain cardiovascular health and promote healthy blood flow.
EVLT is a well-tolerated treatment. The TVS 1470nm laser causes minimal discomfort, and Dr. Schwartz uses only a local anesthetic. A thorough assessment of your vascular condition. including venous duplex ultrasound by Dr. Schwartz will help determine the best therapy for your varicose veins. EVLA can be used with other treatments such as ambulatory phlebectomy to achieve results that improve the patient’s venous function and provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The procedure is performed in the comfort of the Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz office, under local anesthesia, and takes between 30-60 minutes. The laser energy damages the walls of the vein, but not the surrounding tissues. With local anesthesia, you will feel no discomfort, and the procedure results in only some minor bruising. Dr. Schwartz will insert the tiny laser fiber and use it to transmit thermal energy to the walls of the vein. This causes the treated vein to collapse.
The treated leg may experience mild bruising – usually along the thigh – that will typically resolve in 1-2 weeks. The TVS 1470nm laser effectively closes off problem veins. This laser also minimizes scarring, with most people having no scars at all. Dr. Schwartz has performed this procedure over 12,000 times, making him one of the premier vein doctors in the Kansas City area. He has honed his technique to achieve consistently excellent results. Blood flow through the treated vein will improve, treating or preventing venous insufficiency, and patients will see the bulging appearance of varicose veins become smooth and even.
EVLA has minimal downtime. Patients will wear a post-op compression wrap for the 1st 36 hours, and are limited to normal, light activity around the house during that time. After 36 hours, normal work and activities are resumed, with strenuous activity or exercise in less than one week. Bruising will fade within one to two weeks, and the appearance of the veins will decrease. After the limited movement during the first 36 hours, resuming regular activity will encourage healthy blood flow.
Thousands of Kansas City area patients have successfully resolved their vein disease at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz under the care of triple-board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Schwartz. They’ve experienced exemplary results and continued vascular health for years to come. As well as his triple board certifications. Dr. Schwartz also holds an RVT (Registered Vascular Technician) and RPVI (Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation) certification, demonstrating his ability to perform diagnostic ultrasounds as well as ultrasound-guided treatments. After performing vein treatments in Kansas City since 2003, Dr. Schwartz is one of the area’s most well-established and most trusted vein experts.
*Individual Results May Vary
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*Individual Results May Vary
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