Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is a laser procedure different from surgery?

Surgery involves considerable preparation, general anesthesia, pain, and a lengthy recovery. The medical laser technology from The Vein Center eliminates all of that.

  • First, it’s “minimally invasive,” meaning the entry point through which our physician gets the laser fiber to the target area is extremely small, not even requiring stitches.
  • Second, there is no “recovery” to speak of. In fact, you’ll be up and walking as soon as it’s over and able to return to full normal activity.
  • Third, the risk of infection is extremely low.
  • Fourth, it involves only minimal discomfort.

Q: Exactly how does a laser treat varicose veins?

The Vein Center procedure fixes this problem at the source by delivering just the right amount of laser energy to the target vein, causing the incompetent vein to close while your body automatically routes the blood to other healthy veins.

Q: What is the actual procedure like?

It takes only 60 minutes and no general anesthesia is required, just a local anesthetic. The procedure is performed right in the doctor’s office. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the problematic vein through a sheath and the laser light is emitted through the fiber. While you might feel some unfamiliar sensation, it should not painful.

Q: I’ve heard about lasers being used in medicine but I’m not sure how they work. Are they safe?

A laser is a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision so as not to affect the surrounding tissue. And they’ve proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all kinds of medical procedures, including eye surgery. Lasers offer far less risk and complications than conventional surgery.

Q: Will they last?

In clinical trials laser treatment has proven to be up to 98% effective-an outstanding record of success. Therefore, you should experience no recurrence in the veins that have been treated. Follow-up procedures may be desired to obtain optimal aesthetic results.

Q: Will my insurance cover it?

Varicose vein treatment is covered by most insurance companies.  Our staff will assist in verifying coverage.

How is a laser procedure different from surgery?

 
Surgery involves considerable pre­paration, general anesthesia, pain in the affected areas, and a lengthy recovery period. The medical laser technology from The Vein Center eliminates all of that.

• First, it’s “minimally invasive,” meaning the entry point through which our physician gets the laser fiber to the target area is extremely small, not even requiring stitches.

• Second, there is no “recovery” to speak of. In fact, you’ll be up and walking as soon as it’s over, able to return to full normal activity.

• Third, the risk of infection is extremely low.

• Fourth, it involves minimal discomfort.