I know it's not 100% but does EVLT really work for spider veins?

Red and blue spider veins. I have been told it's not 100% but if ultrasound shows mild venous insufficiency would it work to prevent future veins? I would rather not go through the procedure if it doesn't.

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EVLT and spider veins

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Dilated painful varicosities and smaller spider veins are often the results of significant GSV reflux.  If you, your doctor and the insurance agree that you are having significant symptoms from your GSV reflux, then they may pay for treatment to correct this.  These treatments will stop or prevent spider veins. If they are already present, consider sclerotherapy or laser treatement for them.  Since they are usually cosmetic (unless there is a wound or impending wound) their treatment is done out of pocket. 

To Close a Vein?

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To answer your question, it may depend on what is "mild" venous insufficiency. The accepted standard of "abnormal" is a valve closure time of greater than 0.5 sec.  If you have mild reflux and no leg symptoms, vein closure is not indicated. There is a general feeling that treating reflux decreases varicose veins in the future but limited studies.  Red spider veins and blue reticular veins can occur in the absence of any refluxing vein valves.

Spider Veins

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Venous insufficiency happens when the valves that maintain blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart no longer function. This causes the blood to pool in the legs and one of the signs is spider veins as well as other signs and symptoms. Treating the source of the problem should diminish more spider veins to appear, but it might be necessary to target the spider veins you already have individually to see results. First thing to consider is a visit to vein specialist so specialist can examine your legs. A lower extremity venous ultrasound can confirm if an underlying venous insufficiency is causing these changes. This way the specialist can manage your care and options to treatments according to your specific goal.  

EVLT improves treatment of spider veins.

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Spider and varicose veins are often but not always associated with reflux in larger veins.  A proper evaluation and ultrasound can help determine this.  If there is in fact reflux, treating the large veins with EVLT makes treatment of the spider and varicose veins more successful and makes it less likely that you will develop more of them overtime.  It's important to treat the source of the problem.

It may be necessary

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Without seeing your leg and ultrasound it is tough to say.  However, it is often necessary to treat the larger refluxing veins before doing sclerotherapy.  Otherwise, its like painting over a crack in the wall.  It may look better temporarily but the crack is still there and will likely return.

EVLT and spider veins

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EVLT is performed for the treatment of large vein reflux.  This type of reflux can lead to multiple spider veins in the affected leg.  It is important to have a proper evaluation prior to getting sclerotherapy of smaller spider or thread veins.  Small vein treatment without treating the larger vein first can lead to a worse cosmetic appearance over a short time.  

Spiders with EVLT

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It is important to treat the source or cause of the problem.  Often people see small spider veins or discolorations in their ankles which is really caused by insufficiency in larger veins further up the leg.  It is important to treat the source of the problem with get rid of the veins correctly.  That being said I would not do EVLT unless you have symptoms of leg pain, swelling or other complaints and would discuss with your physician the best treatment options and plan

I know it's not 100% but does EVLT really work for spider veins?

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Treating the underlying vein problem is important before treating the superficial spider or thread veins. Thread veins can be treated with laser or microsclerotherapy

Sameh Dimitri, MD
London Vascular Surgeon

EVLT and Spider Veins

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If all the diseased veins of the superficial venous system are treated (saphenous veins, accessory veins, tributaries, perforator veins, etc), then your venous insufficiency should be taken care of. This will help reduce the number of current and future spider veins (and varicose veins, of course) as abnormal pressures and circulation will be eliminated. I always tell this to my vein patients. I also tell them that I can not promise to get rid of all future spider veins completely and semi-regular maintenance sclerotherapy may be needed. But all my treated patients note a significant difference in their spider veins and how their legs feel.

Hope this helps and take care,
Dr Chang

John W. Chang, MD
Coral Gables General Surgeon

EVLT treats venous insufficiency, not necessarily spider veins or varicose veins - Buffalo NY

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EVLT is done for venous insufficiency at the saphenofemoral junction, saphenopoliteal junction, for segmental venous insufficiency below the knees and also venous insufficiency for perforator veins in the thighs, upper and lower legs. EVLT is FDA approved to treat venous insufficiency and by reducing venous reflux or pooling of blood in the lower extremities, it lowers venous hypertension, and therefore reduced the driving force for the development of varicose veins, reticular veins and spider veins. You should have SYMPTOMS in order to be treated for venous insufficiency - aching, pain, heaviness, tiredness and fatigue of the legs, itching, burning, cramping and throbbing of the legs, and ankle or leg swelling. Read the ebooks about the EVLT procedure provided on the link below: 

EVLT does not treat spider veins and you will need sclerotherapy and/or topical laser treatments for spider veins..

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