Varicose veins can be painful, itchy, fatiguing—and eliminated without surgery. Central Oregon Radiology provides Endovenous Laser Therapy (or EVLT), a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses medical lasers to treat varicose veins. This procedure offers fewer risks, a quicker recovery, and high success rates. Read on to learn more.
Who gets varicose veins? The short answer: many of us.
In fact, one in four Americans has—or will have—varicose veins: bulging, bluish veins that can cause pain, itching, swelling, fatigue, cramping, restless legs and more. The likelihood of developing varicose veins depends on a variety of factors, including being above age 50, having a stationary job that requires long periods of sitting or standing, pregnancy, obesity, and smoking.
Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue.
They can be a sign of venous (vein) insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency is a long-lasting and debilitating disease that can result in symptoms such as:
- Aching pain
- Cramping Itching or burning
- Restless legs
- Skin changes
EVLT: Minimally invasive. Highly effective.
Traditional surgical treatments such as vein stripping are painful and often lead to the recurrence of varicose veins. At CORA, we use minimally invasive therapies, including Endovenous Laser Therapy or EVLT for fewer risks, a quicker recovery, and high success rates.
EVLT uses medical lasers to deliver light energy that eradicates only the damaged tissue, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched. Because EVLT is so minimally invasive, there are few side effects. These side-effects may include minor bruising and swelling, or a tightness in the legs that resolves within a few days. Most patients are back on their feet the same day.
What to expect.
Treatment begins with a full evaluation by one of our Vascular and Interventional Radiologists. This often includes a physical exam and a duplex ultrasound or other imaging. Your Vascular and Interventional Radiologist will then diagnose and treat your venous condition with a minimally invasive technique, such as EVLT, ambulatory microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
Your health. Our focus. Our specialists.
Our Vascular and Interventional Radiologists perform minimally invasive vein therapies as outpatient procedures. These board-certified, highly-trained experts are committed to providing the most innovative, effective non-surgical treatments to deliver the highest level of care.
Learn more about how we use minimally invasive therapies to treat varicose veins. And how the region’s largest, oldest and most respected radiology group has one focus: your health and well-being. Call our Interventional Radiology coordinator today: 541-382-6633 x155.