When it comes to treating various venous diseases like varicose veins, Dr. Susan Fox is the Miami vein doctor you want to visit. Her team of highly skilled practitioners have decades of experience treating these types of diseases, and have performed thousands of minimally invasive vein procedures, some of which they have developed on their own using techniques recognized by vein experts. Fox Vein & Laser Experts offers the best vein procedures in Miami, including one in particular called EVLA (or sometimes EVLT), or Endovenous Laser Ablation, a kind of laser vein treatment that is much more simple, and comes with a much shorter recovery time, than vein stripping or litigation procedures.
EVLA is a treatment for varicose veins that uses laser heat to cauterize the affected vein, which then causes it to close. After the procedure, the blood naturally moves through the healthy veins, the varicose vein is gradually absorbed by the body, and disappears. Here’s how it works: a thin fiber is inserted into the vein through a tiny hole made in the skin with a needle; it’s so small that you shouldn’t see it after. After the fiber is set in place, laser energy causes the vein to heat up, which is what makes it seal shut. What sets EVLA apart from stripping and litigation is that there is no general anesthesia needed. During vein stripping and ligation, the vein is actually being pulled out of the patient’s leg and veins are being tied close. Just the sound of that sounds painful and uncomfortable, making the need for anesthesia quite crucial to a patient’s comfort level and experience. With such advances in laser technology and treatments, these types of invasive procedures are no longer as necessary. When a varicose vein condition can successfully be treated without the need for general anesthesia, providing the patient with a much more comfortable experience, why look elsewhere? Dr. Fox is committed to bringing her patients the best vein treatments in Miami, and EVLA is just that. The process, which only takes about 15-30 minutes per leg, has an extremely high success rate, working approximately 98 out or 100 times.
There are rarely any complications that arise from EVLA, but there may some very minimal side effects. Some may experience a mild discomfort, which can easily be treated with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Motrin if need be; however, these symptoms will usually subside on their own within a few days. The recovery time after EVLA is almost nonexistent, as patients are able to return to their normal everyday routine right away. Dr. Fox recommends that you wear compression stockings for two to three weeks post therapy. It’s also a good idea to avoid any heavy weight lifting during the healing process; although walking is okay. After about a week, one of our Miami vein specialists will check the vein to ensure it has closed completely and properly.
The procedure is safe and effective for large varicose veins found on the legs. You may be the perfect candidate for EVLA if you have any of the following symptoms: dark purple or blue veins protrude below the surface of the skin, a heavy feeling in the legs with aching, a worsening pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time, muscle cramping, a burning sensation and swelling in the lower legs, itching in the area of the veins, small sores or ulcers that appear on the surface of the skin in the area of the affected vein or near the ankle, or discoloration of the skin.
If you have noticed any of the above signs, it’s time for you to schedule a consultation at either one of our Hollywood or Pembroke Pines locations. Our expert team can explain the various options for varicose vein treatment offered at Fox Vein & Laser Experts. Contact us today!