Dr. Schoenhaus provides EVLT® endovenous laser treatment in Boca Raton and the Palm Beaches to treat varicose veins. Unlike other forms of laser therapy, endovenous laser therapy treats problematic vessels from within the vein.
Varicose veins are a common vascular problem affecting both men and women in Boca Raton. The condition develops when veins become tortuous and weak, and blood becomes unable to travel properly through them on its way back to the heart. Blood begins to pool in the veins when this happens, causing swelling, bulging, and discoloration to develop.
Varicose veins are often genetic, but can also be caused by a number of factors, including:
If left untreated, varicose veins can occasionally lead to serious health consequences. Over time, varicose veins usually grow both in number and severity. Patients who have underlying venous insufficiency may develop an increased risk for blood clots forming within varicose veins, as well as ankle swelling, eczema, and ulceration.
During endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins, energy is delivered through a small laser fiber directly inside the vein. The heat from the laser causes the vessel to collapse, moving any blood that was pooled in the vein and eliminating the appearance of varicose veins in the legs.
The treatment sessions are performed in Dr. Schoenhaus’ office using local anesthetic. The vein treatment produces little or no scarring and has a relatively quick recovery period.
During this outpatient laser vein treatment, a duplex ultrasound exam will help Dr. Schoenhaus visualize the blood vessels and record their shape and size. Dr. Schoenhaus will locate and map the points where your veins may be leaking. Under sterile conditions, fiber will be guided through the vein, where laser energy will be delivered.
After the procedure, you’ll be required to wear a compression stocking for a period of approximately one week after treatment. Secondary treatment sessions featuring sclerotherapy are sometimes necessary depending on the severity of the varicose veins being treated.