At St. Joseph’s Imaging, all ablations are done using the Cool Touch laser. With Cool Touch there is little, if any, pain, bruising or post-op complications. This minimally invasive treatment is an outpatient procedure performed using image guidance. After applying a local anesthetic to the vein, the interventional radiologist inserts a thin catheter, about the size of a strand of spaghetti, into the vein and guides it up the great saphenous vein in the thigh. Then a laser is used to heat the vein and seal it. By closing the saphenous vein, the twisted and varicosed branch veins close to the skin shrink and improve in appearance. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over to carry blood from the leg, re-establishing blood flow. Ablations done at St. Joseph’s Imaging using the Cool Touch Laser System have a success rate greater than 95%.
Approximately half of the US population has some kind of venous disease. More than half of these people are women. As we age the risk for vascular disease increases. Other risks include pregnancy, increased weight, and genetic predisposition. Besides the visual signs of this disease symptoms often include pain, swelling, tired legs or a heavy feeling in the leg. Support stocking may help alleviate these symptoms.
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