Understanding Varicose Vein Treatment
Treating varicose veins in the past was once painful and lengthy. Nowadays, vein treatment is non-surgical, minimally-invasive, and as advanced as ever. Older procedures, like vein stripping, are rarely ever administered.
Which varicose vein treatment methods do we offer at the Vein Treatment Center of Cheyenne? Let’s take a closer look:
ELVeS (Endovenous Laser Treatment)
Before the procedure begins, our dermatologist uses an ultrasound to locate the affected areas. Our dermatologist then inserts a thin fiber into the vein, emitting laser light into it. The laser light closes the vein, rerouting blood flow to other nearby veins in the process.
During an ELVeS procedure, most patients experience little to no pain. Some patients may experience mild discomfort and slight bruising. While patients should avoid strenuous exercise, they can resume their normal day-to-day activities after treatment.
How does an ambulatory phlebectomy work? After applying local anesthesia, our dermatologist extracts the vein by making a small 2mm slit into the skin. The vein is then removed in parts by a series of smaller incisions.
Patients aren’t required to stay overnight in the hospital. We do require our patients to wear compression socks for 72 hours after the procedure. This accelerates the healing process.
We do not perform the procedure at our skin clinic, but we do perform it at Cheyenne Surgical Center and Ivinson Memorial Hospital. Most of our patients are able to resume normal activities 24 hours after the procedure.