Treatment of Varicose Veins of Legs with Laser

Varicose veins treatment with laser - Dr. Hossam El Mahdy

Varicose veins disease is swelling of the veins, especially the leg veins, as a result of the accumulation of blood inside the veins and not returning to the heart again, so the veins appear red or blue in the form of unstable lines on the thighs, legs and feet.

Varicose veins negatively affect the beauty of the legs, especially in women, and sometimes the problem is not limited to distorting the appearance of the legs only, but leads to a feeling of pain and discomfort, and also indicates problems with blood circulation.

Varicose veins of legs usually result from the weakness of the vein walls and the valves inside it, and if the valves do not work properly, it causes blood to leak and flow backwards; This causes it to accumulate in the veins to become swollen and enlarged. The risk of developing varicose veins increases with:
- Weight gain and obesity.
- Getting a job that requires long period of standing.
- Pregnancy.
- Getting old.
- The presence of clots in the leg veins.

Varicose veins appear in the leg as red or purple veins along the thigh and leg, and they may be thin or swollen and prominent. Laser treatment of varicose veins is one of the latest treatment methods by closing varicose veins and small veins to make them fade slowly and eventually disappear. This is what we will explain in detail in the following lines, but let us first learn about the diagnostic steps for varicose veins.

Varicose veins of legs diagnosis:
Varicose veins of legs are diagnosed through a physical examination, where the doctor examines the patient's leg while standing in order to determine the places of swelling, and the symptoms experienced by the patient are followed up to assess the condition.
Sometimes an ultrasound is done to make sure the valves inside the veins are working or to detect blood clots.

How are varicose veins of legs treated with laser?
Applying the heat of the laser to the affected leg veins damages and closes the vein. After a while, the vein disappears completely and the blood goes to other healthy veins to take over the function of the veins that have been closed.
The patient needs several sessions in order to obtain the desired result, and the number of sessions is between 6 to 12 sessions, according to what the doctor determines, and the number of sessions varies according to the case and the area to be treated.
If the patient suffers from poor blood circulation supplying these small veins in the leg, the larger “feeder” vein must first be treated with surgery, endo laser therapy, or sclerotherapy.

Cases of using laser in the treatment of varicose veins of legs:
The laser is used in the following cases of varicose veins:
• Treatment of veins in cases of patients having small varicose veins.
• In some cases, laser treatment is the second treatment step after larger varicose veins have been treated through surgery or sclerotherapy.
• In cases of Treatment of Varicose Veins Without Surgery, instead of relying on and the complications of the surgery to remove the varicose veins.

Intravenous laser therapy:
Intravenous laser treatment is carried out in cases of varicose veins located in large veins, and depends on heating and cauterizing the vein from the inside, where Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Mahdy passes the laser fibers through a thin tube (catheter), starting from an opening in the thigh and reaching the affected vein, and in the meantime, the vein is monitored on a display screen to clarify the vision for the doctor. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia or sedatives.

Advantages of treating varicose vein without surgery "using laser":
• The patient does not need to fast for a long period before undergoing laser treatment.
• The procedure does not require stitches like traditional surgery and does not leave scars.
• There is no need for general anesthesia as local anesthesia is sufficient.
• Laser treatment is more effective compared to traditional methods of treatment.
• It does not cause pain and there are no risks of general anesthesia or other.
• Varicose veins do not become visible after treatment through ultrasound.
• The success rate of laser treatment usually reaches more than 90%.
• The session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
• Short recovery period.

What is expected from varicose veins of legs treatment with laser?
The recovery period from laser varicose veins of legs treatment is usually short, and the patient is likely to return to his usual daily routine soon after treatment, and he may need to wear compression socks for two weeks at most, but the patient needs to follow up with the doctor to make sure the vein is closed through the use of duplex ultrasound.

Are there risks for varicose veins treatment using laser?
The more experience the vascular surgeon has, the lower the risk. You should talk to your doctor about how frequently side effects will occur during treatment sessions.
Feelings of burning, pain or swelling after sessions are usually less likely than open vein stripping surgery, as it applies also to the possibility of occurrence of venous thrombosis.
Laser treatment may cause minor changes in the color of the skin or loss of feeling in the area that was exposed to the laser treatment, but it returns again after a period of time, and in the case of swelling or bruising, it disappears after several days.

How do you choose the right doctor?
Some things must be taken into account when choosing the appropriate vascular surgeon to treat varicose veins of legs, to ensure good results and avoid complications, including:
- The surgeon must have great experience and skills in the treatment of multiple vascular diseases.
- He has many success stories in the field of varicose veins treatment.
- The doctor should explain to the patient all the information related to the methods of treating varicose veins and the expected results from the treatment plan chosen for him.
– That the doctor takes into account the use of all modern medical devices and technologies that are used globally to treat varicose veins, and this is what Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Mahdy is keen to provide to his patients, and one of the latest technologies is the CLaCS technique for treating varicose veins and getting rid of spider veins by applying laser and injection in one session.

Prevention of varicose veins of legs:
There is no specific way to prevent varicose veins of legs, but some things can be done to prevent varicose veins and reduce the risk of their appearance, by improving the flow of blood circulation inside the veins, and among those things that are always recommended by Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Mahdy:
- Regular exercise, such as walking, as it helps in improving blood circulation in the legs.
- Getting rid of excess weight, as obesity increases pressure on the veins of the legs.
- Follow a healthy diet and avoid foods that contain high levels of salt to reduce water retention within the body.
- Wear appropriate shoes.
- Elevate the legs to improve blood circulation during the day whenever possible.
- During sleep hours, elevate the leg using a pillow.
- Take care to take breaks after standing for long periods and make sure to move at least once every 30 minutes.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time and make sure to change the positions of the body constantly.

Varicose veins is a common disease, but it can be easily controlled and treated by non-surgical methods, which are provided by Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Mahdy, Professor of Vascular Surgery and Varicose Treatment at Cairo University, and one of the most important of these methods is laser treatment because of its high success rates; So feel free to get rid of your pain and get your legs looking good again.