Endovenous Laser Treatment in Hattiesburg, MS
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What Is Endovenous Laser Treatment?
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive treatment that employs laser energy to heat, seal, and shrink varicose veins. At our Hattiesburg, MS, office, board-certified vein specialist Dr. J. Keith Thompson performs EVLT for patients who are suffering from pain, discomfort, or venous ulcerations due to swollen, bulging varicose veins. When you come in for a consultation, we will do a venous duplex ultrasound to see if EVLT is an appropriate treatment for you. If you would like to learn more about EVLT or our other vein ablation treatments, set up a consultation at Vein Institute Hattiesburg today.
What Are the Benefits of Endovenous Laser Treatments?
Endovenous laser therapy, also known as endovenous laser ablation treatment, is an effective way to remove varicose veins and alleviate the pain that may come with them. Benefits of endovenous laser therapy performed by Dr. J. Keith Thompson at his Hattiesburg, MS office include:
- Eliminating varicose veins
- Minimizing the pain associated with varicose veins
- Minimally invasive treatments
- May have quicker recovery times than other varicose vein procedures
- Rerouting blood to healthier veins
- High success rates
Who Is A Candidate For Endovenous Laser Treatment?
Typically, individuals experiencing pain or swelling due to varicose veins may benefit from endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) at Vein Institute Hattiesburg. Good candidates often have visible varicose veins and may have a family history of the condition. Individuals whose veins have not improved with more conservative treatments like compression stockings or lifestyle modifications may also be suitable candidates. Other factors influencing the ability to get this procedure include the size and location of the affected veins.
How Does Endovenous Laser Treatment Work?
Before the start of the endovenous laser treatment, Dr. Thompson may inject or apply a local anesthetic on the area of the leg where the vein is located. Under ultrasound guidance, he will place a thin catheter into the malfunctioning leg vein. It is through this catheter that a laser fiber will be inserted to deliver the laser energy to the varicose vein(s). The laser works by heating the length of the vein, causing it to close up. Over time, the vein will be absorbed by the surrounding tissues, which will reduce its appearance while blood is rerouted into normal adjacent veins away from the varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment Reviews
Dr. Thompson and his staff are great. Dr. Thompson has a wonderful bedside manner and his staff goes out of their way to make you feel at ease and comfortable. They are also very helpful and informative with your insurance benefits. And most importantly, I am very pleased with the results of my endovenous laser treatments and sclerotherapy for my varicose veins.
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Innovative Laser Vein Treatment
If you are looking for an alternative to surgical methods or sclerosing solutions to get rid of varicose veins, consider endovenous laser treatment at Vein Institute Hattiesburg. Under the guidance of ultrasound, board-certified vein specialist Dr. J. Keith Thompson can target your problem veins to carry out EVLT. Schedule a consultation at our Hattiesburg, MS, practice today to see if you qualify for this treatment that is typically covered by insurance, Medicare, and/or Medicaid.
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Endovenous Laser Treatment FAQs
Is endovenous laser treatment the only treatment option for varicose veins?
No, there are several treatment options for varicose veins, including sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and microphlebectomy, all of which are offered at Vein Institute Hattiesburg. The best treatment for you will be determined during your consultation.
Are the results of EVLT permanent?
EVLT has a high success rate, and treated veins are typically permanently closed. However, it's important to note that EVLT doesn't prevent new varicose veins from forming, so ongoing vein health management with Dr. Thompson is necessary.
Is the EVLT procedure painful?
The EVLT procedure typically involves minimal discomfort. Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, and patients generally report feeling only slight pressure or a minor burning sensation.