Vein Centers Find Laser Treatments Cause Less PainPosted by in Vein Center
A study published in the Archives of Dermatology in September 2011 indicates that there are pluses and minuses to both traditional surgery and laser treatment for varicose veins. Both treatments, which are offered by most vein centers, are effective and considered safe. However, the researchers at Saarland University Hospital in Homburg, Germany have indicated that there are nuances to the study results that should be considered.
Researchers studied a significant number of patients for a period of two years who had a varicose great saphenous vein.
The number of patients who experienced a recurrence of their varicose veins was slightly higher from surgery than laser treatment, but the numbers were very close. Most patients also reported satisfaction with both procedures. The most talked about result of the study is that more people experienced a reflux or backflow of blood after laser treatment than after surgery.
What patients prefer about laser therapy, however, is that the recovery time is shorter, and the cosmetic results are generally better. The post-procedure pain tends to be greater after laser treatment, but the pain lasts for a shorter period of time than post-surgery.
Researchers believe that more studies are required to compare the treatments and make a determination as to which procedure is better for specific types of patients. This is especially true since laser treatments are continuously being improved.
Surgery Versus Laser Vein Treatments
The traditional surgical procedure has been performed for more than 100 years. It involves removing some of the veins through small incisions. The veins sometimes grow back, which necessitates a repeat of the surgery at some point in the patient’s life.
Laser treatment for varicose veins, which is called endovenous laser, has been performed at vein centers for just over ten years. It destroys the walls of the veins through heat. A minimally invasive treatment, endovenous laser is still painful and more expensive than surgery. A recurrence is also possible after this treatment.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are damaged veins in the legs that have become swollen and twisted. They generally bulge and show as blue under the skin. While they are not life-threatening, they can be painful and cause sores and itching.
It is important to note that varicose veins differ from spider veins, which are simply small, thin discolored veins on the surface of the skin that do not bulge or cause pain. Vein centers in New Jersey and other locations provide a variety of treatments for varicose veins and spider veins, including treatments other than surgery and laser therapy.
About 50 percent of people experience vein problems in their lives, with the numbers slightly higher for women than for men. For some people, the problems begin as early as their 30s.
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