Varicose Vein Laser Surgery Pros and Cons
Varicose veins are unattractive protruding veins caused by poor circulation. Those affected may continuously stand for long periods of time, are overweight, have diabetes and/or high cholesterol, or are pregnant. Diet and exercises would be beneficial to improve circulation. Keeping feet elevated above the heart is also suggested for a varicose vein condition caused by inadequate circulation. There are some who are genetically predisposed to having such leg vein problems. A doctor may choose in depth measures of vein removal if needed. Phlebectomy of varicose veins, or surgical removal of veins, may be performed in extreme cases. Varicose vein laser surgery is another avenue of treatment which some may choose, and others would avoid for various reasons. The following are some of the pros and cons of varicose vein laser surgery:
Laser surgery is a popular method of treatment for several types of illnesses today. In the recent years, varicose vein laser surgery has gained even more popularity for its noninvasive procedure without as much recovery time as when a phlebectomy was performed. With laser surgery, whether it is a simple laser or a endovenous laser procedure, there is less pain than if a standard surgical procedure was performed. Simple laser is generally used for spider and tiny varicose veins. It is an effective treatment for thread veins removal. Endovenous laser will seal off larger veins without pain and recover of surgery. A patient can usually resume normal activities immediately after surgery.
A negative factor of laser vein procedures is that is usually takes two or more visits for final results. Another downside to varicose vein laser surgery is the potential for skin burns or changes in skin color. Although it is not very likely, there is a burning sensation due to damaged nerves. Blood clotting is also a risk with laser surgery. Either of these scenarios have more potential to occur if a vein stripping surgical procedure was performed rather than laser. Another negative factor of laser vein surgery is the expense. Removing spider veins is considered to be a cosmetic procedure which is not covered by health insurance.