Endovenous Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins
Endovenous laser ablation is used for the treatment of varicose veins, bulging blue veins that often cause pain, swelling, itching, or superficial blood clots of the leg. The procedure has replaced traditional vein stripping in many cases of significant varicose veins. This procedure is sometimes used when abnormal veins are too large to be successfully treated by sclerotherapy
The Endovenous Laser Ablation Procedure Explained
Endovenous laser ablation is a short, in-office procedure that is performed completely under local anesthesia. The procedure begins by locating the affected veins using an ultrasound device. A small catheter or tube is then inserted into the vein to guide the placement of a laser fiber. Laser energy is then delivered as the laser fiber is withdrawn slowly through the affected vein. This heats the vessel wall, sealing the treated vein.
CoolTouch CTEV™ for Endovenous Laser Ablation—Minimizing Side Effects
utilizes the CoolTouch device for endovenous ablation, a 1320 nm diode laser device that may more specifically target the vessel wall, decreasing the chance for collateral heat damage to surrounding tissues (fat, nerves, skin). The CoolTouch CTEV™ system may decrease the incidence of unwanted side effects such as thermal skin burns, ulceration, or severe bruising.
Aftercare following Endovenous Laser Ablation
Upon completion of endovenous laser ablation using CoolTouch CTEV™, the treated leg is wrapped with a compression bandage or stocking. Compression stockings are typically worn for 1 week. Patients walk out of the office immediately following the procedure and are encouraged to walk daily thereafter. Patients may return to work or normal activities the day following the procedure.
Dr. Palm's Expertise with Endovenous Laser Ablation
has a passion for treating veins and improving the quality of life for patients with venous disease. She completed a cosmetic surgery fellowship
with an emphasis on the treatment of vein disease
. She is the co-author of a published article
reviewing long-term outcomes following the CoolTouch CTEV™ method for treating varicose veins