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Laser Surgery Varicose Veins - Whats Going On

Using laser surgery varicose veins and the discomfort they cause can be significantly reduced or even eliminated. Called endovenous ablation, this treatment is minimally invasive and uses a laser to close large, tortuous veins in the lower leg. When the veins are closed, blood flow is diverted to healthy veins close by. Varicose veins are caused by a number of things like standing or sitting for long periods of time, weakened valves in the lower leg, also known as a condition called venous insufficiency. Symptoms of venous insufficiency include; aching of the lower leg, edema, or swelling, sores called stasis ulcers or other skin problems like cellulitis, discoloration, or infection of the vein itself, called phlebitis. Your doctor will use an ultrasound machine to locate and visualize the varicose vein and then a catheter will be inserted through a small opening in the skin into the vein.