Endovenous laser ablation
Together with foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser and radiofrequency ablation techniques constitute modern alternatives to conventional varicose vein surgery by stripping.
The limitations of this method are as follows:
- the vein exhibits a diameter greater than 12mm
- the vein is too superficial (risk of skin burns)
- the vein is too tortuous
A laser generator produces light with a wavelength of 980 nm. The heat emitted by the light causes the thermocoagulation of the proteins of the venous wall resulting in the closure of the vein and its fibrosis.
The post-operative phase
The following remarks are in order:
- Wearing stockings or compression bandages for 1 week
- Prevention of phlebitis by injection of anticoagulants for 3 days
- Possible minor pain such as tugging: the use of paracetamol analgesics is recommended.
- Immediate recovery of walking and professional activity.
General overview of treatments
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