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Is it normal to need a laser treatment of leg veins?
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
As dr. Shenenberger said there are many ways to treat leg veins.
Laser is just one of them. The real answer is that it depends on what kind of vein trouble needs to be treated. For larger veins that are below the skin, laser, rf and surgery are possibilities. It is important that you see any experienced physician who specializes in vein disease--a phlebologist--for the answers you need.

In brief: Sometimes
As dr. Shenenberger said there are many ways to treat leg veins.
Laser is just one of them. The real answer is that it depends on what kind of vein trouble needs to be treated. For larger veins that are below the skin, laser, rf and surgery are possibilities. It is important that you see any experienced physician who specializes in vein disease--a phlebologist--for the answers you need.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Linda Harris
Depending on the veins involved, and the symptoms, either minimally invasive ablation procedures (destroying the vein with a catheter), injections, or laser therapy may be indicated. A vascular surgeon or physician with interest in venous disease should be able to assess the problem.
4 doctors agree
In brief: Leg vein treatment
Using a laser on leg veins is one treatment.
It may work better on smaller veins. Larger veins may require surgical removal and others can respond well to sclerotherapy. A evaluation by someone who treats leg veins (dermatologist, plastic surgeon, vascular or general surgeon) would tell you what might be best for any given patient.

In brief: Leg vein treatment
Using a laser on leg veins is one treatment.
It may work better on smaller veins. Larger veins may require surgical removal and others can respond well to sclerotherapy. A evaluation by someone who treats leg veins (dermatologist, plastic surgeon, vascular or general surgeon) would tell you what might be best for any given patient.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very common
Need a trial of conservative treatment with pressure stockings.
If this fails and symptoms continue, then laser can help.

In brief: Very common
Need a trial of conservative treatment with pressure stockings.
If this fails and symptoms continue, then laser can help.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
In brief: Yes, if reflux.
There are two kinds of laser treatments of leg veins-topical and endovenous(inside the vein).
Although a laser can be done on spider veins, most vein specialists would recommend sclerotherapy as a first line treatment. Endovenous laser is the gold standard to treat the leaking(refluxing) valves usually of the saphenous veins. This can be determined by a venous reflux ultrasound.

In brief: Yes, if reflux.
There are two kinds of laser treatments of leg veins-topical and endovenous(inside the vein).
Although a laser can be done on spider veins, most vein specialists would recommend sclerotherapy as a first line treatment. Endovenous laser is the gold standard to treat the leaking(refluxing) valves usually of the saphenous veins. This can be determined by a venous reflux ultrasound.
Dr. John Landi
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