Venous insufficiency is a widespread condition. Varicose veins affect one in three people at some point in their lives. They occur as a result of blood not flowing properly through the legs. Up until ten years ago, vein stripping was the gold-standard surgical therapy for the treatment of this condition. This is performed under a general anesthetic and basically consists of removing the vein through a small cut just below the knee with a hook-like instrument. This procedure, although very common, presents some disadvantages such as bruising, which can be painful and can last up to six weeks, as well as risks associated with general anesthetic and infection in an open wound.
Nowadays, patients can opt for a minimally invasive laser procedure, which guarantees cutting edge treatments with a low recurrence rate and with considerably lower risk of complications. The EVLT can be performed with the QuadroStarPRO940 from Asclepion. The treatment normally takes less than one hour and is performed under tumescent anesthesia. During the procedure, the fiber is inserted into the vein to be treated via a small incision. When the laser is activated, the fiber is slowly drawn back under ultrasound control and the laser energy closes the vein. In comparison to the stripping technique, laser treatment means less trauma and fewer side effects. It offers fast recovery times and excellent clinical and aesthetic results.
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