Since the late 1990′s, there have been several new therapies offered as an alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins; Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency, and Endovenous Lasers. It is very important to understand the treatment options available to you and the differences between these treatments so you can make an informed decision about your care.
How Does The CoolTouch CTEV Laser Work?
A small single needle incision is made in the leg and a fiber is inserted into the varicose vein. The laser is activated and as the fiber is moved through the vein it gently heats and safely closes the vein. Once the vein is closed, the blood that was circulating through his vein is simply rerouted to other healthy veins and the varicose vein essentially vanishes.
The CoolTouch CTEV procedure is minimally invasive and is performed right here in Dr. Heimer’s office. You are awake for the procedure and will feel very little if any pain as your leg will be numbed using a local anesthetic. The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform per leg treated.
What To Expect
One of the tremendous benefits of the CoolTouch CTEV procedure is that patients do not experience the incision scars or bruising that are often present with alternative treatments. Rarely does bruising occur when the CoolTouch CTEV procedure is performed alone. And since the incision is so small, no stiches are necessary.
Your symptoms will begin to improve immediately after the CoolTouch CTEV procedure is completed. However, depending on their severity, some symptoms may take 1-2 weeks to completely disappear.