Varicose Vein Procedure Relieves Pain
The most common complaint about the bulging of veins on the legs is that they are simply ugly.
But for some, the issue is much more troublesome than the appearance when you wear shorts or a swim suit. Veins that aren’t functioning properly can cause pain, swelling and inflammation. The condition can be severe enough that it can raise risk for skin ulcers and open wounds.
Dr. George Kontos, a cardiothoracic and general surgeon with Genesis Health Group, has been using VenaCure EVLT (endovenous laser therapy), a newer, less-invasive procedure to seal the unsightly and uncomfortable veins.
“While most people think of varicose veins as a cosmetic issue, the clinical issues associated with varicose veins can be very real and painful,’’ Kontos said. “There can be a lot of relief for the patient available in a brief, less-invasive procedure.’’
EVLT Bring Precision to the Game
Kontos explained that there have been variations of the procedure to correct the bulging veins available, but the technology and the results of EVLT are improved over past procedures.
“We use a very small catheter with a laser tip and thread it into place through a tiny incision,’’ Kontos explained. “The laser collapses the vein. At the same time we can work on other smaller veins and remove the branches that are enlarged.
“This can be done with just a local anesthetic, but some patients prefer to have it with a light sedation. They don’t even remember the procedure.’’
Kontos said the procedure is completed in an hour and the patient only misses one day of work.
“The patient satisfaction is much improved over other procedures for varicose veins,’’ he said.
Women Are At Risk
Kontos said women are much more likely than men to experience problems with varicose veins and 2 to 1 more likely to seek a corrective procedure.
“Women are more predisposed because of hormonal influences, childbirth, genes and lifestyle, especially if they work a lot on their feet,’’ he said.
Studies indicate that the newer technique works as well as the traditional surgery to remove the damaged veins.
However, the less invasive procedure is not a 100 percent fix. Veins can grow back after they are cut away and a vein might not be totally sealed by a procedure, allowing blood flow to continue.
For information about the procedure or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Kontos’ office at (309) 281-2120.