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Endovenous Laser Treatment

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Endovenous laser treatment is a minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins. The procedure is safe, leaves few scars, and has a quick recovery time.

Interventional radiologists at the University of Miami Health System use advancing imaging and specialized tools to perform endovenous laser treatment. With the help of this treatment, your legs will look and feel better.

Why Choose UHealth?

Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.

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What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that may bulge through the skin, especially on the legs. They can cause pain and aching. Many people don’t like the appearance of these veins.

Varicose veins are more common with age or during pregnancy. Some factors, like sitting or standing for long periods of time or being overweight, can increase your risk for varicose veins.

Who is a Candidate?

If you have varicose veins, you may qualify for endovenous laser treatment whether or not the veins cause pain. Because the procedure is safe and minimally invasive, most people can undergo this procedure.

If you have peripheral vascular disease or other vascular problems in your legs, your doctor may not recommend this treatment.

What to Expect

Your interventional radiologist may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other blood-thinning medicines before your procedure. You cannot eat or drink after midnight the day before your procedure. You may also need a friend to drive you home afterward. 

You’re awake for this one-hour procedure, but your interventional radiologist numbs your legs with local anesthetic where the varicose veins are located so you won’t feel pain. After the area is numb, your doctor makes a tiny incision in the abnormal, varicose vein. They then place a catheter (thin, flexible tube) into the vein using ultrasound guidance.

Once the catheter is in place, they insert a laser fiber through the catheter and expose it to the vein. The laser energy seals off the vein. Your doctor then removes the catheter and puts a bandage on the incision. This procedure may be repeated for other veins.

After your doctor has sealed all abnormal veins, you may need to stay at the surgery center for an hour before going home the same day (outpatient procedure) to ensure you heal properly. Because the veins are cut off from blood supply, they will shrink and disappear over a few weeks or months. This should improve the appearance of your legs and relieve any symptoms.

You will need to wear compression stockings for a week or two after your procedure to help with any bruising and prevent blood clots. You can resume all normal activities, though you should avoid sitting for a long time and air travel for two weeks after surgery.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.