Endovenous Laser Ablation - For Varicose Veins
Dr. Blumenthal was among the first to offer Endovenous Laser Ablation. Part of our unmatched, comprehensive varicose vein treatment program includes the use of a special laser to eliminate an abnormal "feeding" vein which is often responsible for visible varicose veins. Use of this laser necessitates years of experience along with expert surgical skill.
The procedure is performed by a surgeon in our office with only local anesthesia. Patients go home immediately. Vascular surgeons are still taught to treat varicose veins during their residency by performing a vein stripping operation. This painful, deforming and outdated operation must be done in an operating room under general anesthesia which creates unnecessary risks and exorbitant fees, to say nothing of the fact that this archaic procedure leaves the patient with numerous scars and a recovery that may last weeks. The laser procedure is simply superior to a vein stripping.
The laser emits energy into the abnormal feeding vein causing it to close and to be reabsorbed by the body, relieving the elevated pressure that cause the varicose veins.
A high degree of vascular experience and expertise with this technique is mandatory since the procedure involves the use of a powerful, sophisticated laser as well as the ability to recognize when one is actually treating the appropriate vein. Problems with the laser procedure are uncommon, but if one should occur, a vascular surgeon is the only specialist trained to operate on blood vessels and remedy any untoward circumstances that may arise. A plastic surgeon, dermatologist, general practitioner or radiologist does not possess the ability to correct any such problems.
The Vein Center & CosMed is proud to have done this procedure thousands of times and continues to employ it on a routine basis. Our in-office medical treatment program for varicose veins is effective at eliminating the pain, irritation, and cosmetic deformities these veins create. The knowledge and experience of the employment of sclerotherapy is still necessary in order to treat any varicosities that often may remain after the laser procedure.