Are your leg veins causing discomfort or aesthetic concerns? Are you curious about the latest treatments available for varicose and spider veins? You’re not alone in your quest for answers. Research says that about 25 million Americans suffer from venous disorders. Fortunately, modern medical advancements have brought us effective solutions, including venous laser ablation. 

By the time you finish reading, you will have a comprehensive understanding of venous laser ablation, a solution offered at the Vein Care Center of Amelia Island to improve venous disorders.

What is Venous Laser Ablation?

We understand that varicose veins and related venous disorders can lead to discomfort, aesthetic concerns, and, in some cases, more severe health issues. Venous laser ablation, also known as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is a minimally invasive medical procedure to treat varicose and spider veins. This method allows individuals to get rid of veins without invasive surgery. 

Why Might I Need a Venous Laser Ablation?

Venous disorders can cause a range of symptoms, from pain and discomfort to unsightly appearances. Venous laser ablation may be an option if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Pain, swelling, or aching in the legs
  • Visible, bulging veins
  • Skin discoloration or ulcers
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insecurity due to the appearance of veins

We typically recommend it for individuals who want to improve the appearance of their legs, alleviate discomfort, and enhance their overall well-being.

What Happens During Venous Laser Ablation?

Before your venous laser ablation procedure, your vascular specialist ensures your comfort and safety. The process includes:

  • Anesthesia: To ensure you experience minimal discomfort, your provider administers anesthesia. Including:
    • Local anesthesia: This numbs the area surrounding your troublesome vein.
    • Sedative medications: These help you relax throughout the procedure.

During the venous laser ablation, your vascular specialist may follow this outline:

  • Ultrasound Guidance: Your provider employs ultrasound technology to locate the affected vein precisely.
  • Incision: A small incision is made below your knee or near your ankle.
  • Catheter Insertion: A slender tube known as a catheter is gently inserted into the incision and navigated to reach your problematic vein.
  • Thermal Energy Application: The catheter introduces A fine tool into your vein. This tool utilizes laser or radiofrequency waves to generate heat, permanently sealing off the vein.
  • Numbing Fluid: A numbing fluid is carefully administered around the treated vein through small injections.
  • Closure: Finally, your provider places a bandage over the incision. Most individuals do not require stitches.

These steps ensure the effectiveness and safety of the venous laser ablation procedure. Your vascular specialist will guide you through each step, answering any of your questions.

Benefits and Risks of Venous Laser Ablation


  • Minimally Invasive: Venous laser ablation is a non-surgical procedure that minimizes discomfort and recovery time.
  • Quick Recovery: Patients typically resume normal activities within a day or two.
  • Effective Results: This procedure offers lasting results, improving the appearance of your legs.
  • Minimal Discomfort: Patients report minimal discomfort and post-procedural pain.


While venous laser ablation is generally safe, there are some risks, such as:

  • Temporary Bruising and Swelling: Mild side effects are common but usually subside within a few days.
  • Infection: As with any medical procedure, there is a slight risk of infection, but it’s rare.

If you’re seeking a solution to vein issues, consider venous laser ablation an effective, minimally invasive option. Our vascular specialists are here to guide you through the process. Take the first step towards healthier veins by scheduling an appointment with one of our vascular specialists at the Vein Care Center of Amelia Island.

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