Vein Care Center of Oklahoma.Located at Saint Francis Heart Hospital
Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation | Microphlebectomy | VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis | Sclerotherapy | Treatment of Venous Ulcers

Endovenous Laser Ablation

An outpatient minimally invasive procedure which uses a laser to treat large varicose veins under local anesthesia.

A laser fiber is delivered inside a catheter through the skin and directly into theĀ  vein. Once in the vein the laser heats the lining inside the vessel causing it to occlude. With time this vessel will shrink and eventually disappear.This technique typically is used to treat the large varicose veins in the legs which can, in severe cases, lead to skin changes and venous ulcers.

What Happens During the Procedure?

  • Prior to the procedure an ultrasound is performed to evaluate the abnormal vein to be treated.

  • Local anesthesia is applied.

  • A sterile laser fiber is then inserted into the vein and positioned under ultrasound.

  • Laser energy is delivered to the target vein.

  • Walking after the procedure is encouraged. In most cases non-rigorous normal daily activity can be resumed 1 to 2 days after the procedure.

After treatment, a compression bandage and compression stocking are worn. Your physician will advise you how long to wear any bandages and/or hose. It is recommended that you walk after treatment. This reduces pressure in the veins, increases the flow in the veins and reduces the risk of forming a blood clot.

You can expect to go back to work and your normal activities in a day or two.