Are you looking for a way to reduce the appearance of superficial veins like varicose veins or spider veins? Do you want to reduce symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins? Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe offers endovenous laser treatments (EVLT) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatments to patients looking for a minimally-invasive way to reduce or eliminate varicose veins.
Do you want to learn more about the EVLT and RFA treatments offered at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe? Contact our office in Mayaguez today for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trina Steljes!
What is endovenous laser treatment (EVLT)?
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) uses targeted pulses of laser energy to heat the lining of targeted varicose veins, causing them to collapse. With time, the targeted veins will no longer be visible and the body will reabsorb the remaining tissue.
During an EVLT a fine catheter is inserted into the designated vein and uses pulses of laser energy to heat the vein wall and cause it to collapse. This vascular treatment is performed under a local anesthetic and typically takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The length of a procedure can vary from patient to patient depending on the area being treated.
Because EVLT procedures are performed using a local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia, the recovery period is minimal and most patients are able to walk out of their procedure. We recommend patients avoid long periods of sitting or standing and strenuous activities for at least 48 hours following an EVLT procedure. Some patients may be asked to wear compression stockings for up to two weeks following the procedure.
What is radiofrequency ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency endovenous ablation (RFA) is a minimally-invasive treatment alternative to vein stripping and uses a radiofrequency catheter to heat the vein wall and cause it to collapse. RFA is often used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, which can cause varicose veins.
A local anesthetic is used to reduce any discomfort associated with this procedure and to minimize the length of the recovery period. An RFA procedure typically takes about 45 minutes to complete and most patients are able to resume light activity within a day of the procedure.
We encourage patients to walk after a procedure to encourage circulation but recommend patients avoid strenuous activities or lifting for the first several days following a treatment. Most patients are able to resume full activities within seven days of the procedure.
Are you interested in learning more about the EVLT and RFA treatments offered at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe? Contact our office in Mayaguez today for more information or to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff!