The safety of the endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins

The endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins is the most contemporary method of treating varicose veins. The technique aims on the sublimation of the main vein that refluxes and it is impossible for the vein to propel the blood to the heart, causing the blood to stay in the veins of the legs, thus forming varicose veins.

The advantages in choosing the specific method and not the classic saphenectomy are important. The endovenous laser ablation cauterizes and closes the veins that cause the varicosities without removing them. That way we avoid post operative complications such as hemorrhage, bruising and pain. Furthermore, it has smaller percentages of relapsing or having complications such as thromboses, and it enables the patient to go back to his/ her daily activities immediately and have a flawless result. Lastly, the method is performed with high accuracy and safety, throughout every stage of the precedure, and the vein subterfuges through the use of the laser energy that is directed in the pipe of the vein. The technique of the endovenous laser ablation is extremely safe, it is recommended by the American association of vascular surgeons and the American Venous Forum contrary to the classic saphenectomy. The high specialization of the vascular surgeon on this particular method, in combination with the infrastructure of high technology that is required for its implementation, make the appearance of complications even more unlikely.

The proper and good diagnosis, as well as the proper and thorough medical history of the patient, are important for the evaluation of the problem from the doctor before the procedure is implemented. Thus the doctor can discuss with the patient the possible risks in relation to the best result, for example possible allergies or medicinal treatments of the patient.

Specifically in relation to security, it is worth mentioning:

  • Any procedure in which the skin is penetrated presents a theoretical risk of infection. With the specific method, though, the possibilities of an infection that needs treatment with antibiotic are less than one per 1000.
  • Even though the possibilities are minuscule, in the event of bruising or hyper sensitivity of the area after the procedure the use of compression stockings contributes to their treatment.
  • After the completion of the treatment, it has been reported on rare occasion, thermal distruction of the nerves that are around the area that was treated, something that in general rehabilitates in small period of time.
  • Thrombophlebitis can be presented, causing pain, redness on the area that was treated. It is very easy to deal with it, through non steroid noninflammatory medicines.
  • On extremely rare occasions it is required to perform embolism due to clotting that have formed in the veins and can travel through the veins to the lungs.