Do you suffer from twisted, bulging, painful leg veins? Known as varicose veins, this condition affects up to one in three adults, and women are especially at risk. While not typically dangerous, it has been known to cause painful skin ulcers and even blood clots. Fortunately, there is a fast, safe and effective treatment. Could Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) work for you?
EVLA: Why Do You Need It?
The blood in your legs is like traffic going up a hill. As long as everyone goes in the right direction at the same speed, everything is great. If someone can’t handle the hill and slows down, then you have problems. Your veins have valves in them that keep blood from moving backward, but the strain of pushing uphill is tough when you’re standing. That’s why, even though varicose veins can occur anywhere, they are seen most often in the leg. The smaller veins (which tend to be on the surface, near your skin) can’t handle the pressure, and the valves break down like an old VW Van. This is what causes blood to pool and your veins to bulge out. That’s where EVLA comes in.
How Does EVLA Work?
Endovenous Laser Ablation removes your veins from the inside. Previous treatments for varicose veins required stripping damaged veins out in surgery. EVLA dramatically simplifies and streamlines this process. During the procedure, a tiny wire is inserted into the damaged vein. Once the weak area is reached, a laser will cauterize the vessel, causing it to shut down. The whole process usually takes less than an hour.
Don’t I Need Those Veins?
By nature, varicose veins tend to be the smallest, weakest veins in your leg. Because these are found near the surface of your skin, they are easy to find and treat. Once the EVLA treatment shuts down a particular vein, your body will redirect blood flow into larger, stronger veins. Meanwhile, the vein that was closed by the treatment will be naturally, harmlessly reabsorbed into your body.
Where Can I Get an EVLA Treatment?
Southtowns Radiology is proud to serve the entire Buffalo, NY area. We offer Endovenous Laser Ablation (and many other services) at our office in Hamburg. We also serve our customers at offices in West Seneca and Orchard Park. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.