There is a case to be made for either laser treatments vs. surgery for addressing varicose veins.
In fact, there has been evidence supporting the fact that
laser treatments are just as effective for removing damaged veins as surgery.
There is a study in the Archives of Dermatology which
compares vein stripping to laser ablation.
The study consisted of 346 individuals with varicose veins who were either assigned to receive surgery (vein striping) vs. laser ablation (EVLT).
The study lasted two years and monitored the rate of reoccurrence
for varicose vein issues.
It was found through close monitoring of all patients, that
the EVLT group had an occurrence rate of 18%, while the vein stripping group
had a 1% rate of reoccurrence.
When deciding between these two popular options to treat
varicose veins, your local vein doctor should be able to help you make the best
choice for your individual needs.
For patients looking for a solution with no downtime, laser
seems to be the way to go.
Additionally, many doctors consider a younger patient as a
better candidate for EVLT as it is often easier to correct varicose veins on
young legs than older legs.
However, for older patients with larger veins, surgery may
be the better option.
At The Vein Center of Maryland, we pride ourselves in
offering a wide variety of treatment options for all of your vein issues,
including varicose veins.
Our team of vein professionals are happy to meet with you in
order to best identify the treatment options for you based on your individual
needs and past health history.
If you would like to learn more about the services we offer
at The Vein Center or Maryland, or to find a location near you, visit our
Call us today to schedule your consultation with a member of
our team, (410)970-2314.