If you experience discomfort or swelling in your legs with varicose veins, you may have superficial venous reflux disease, a condition common to millions of Americans.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers endovenous laser treatment, which uses laser therapy to close off larger varicose veins. Laser treatment is a minimally invasive nonsurgical option to vein stripping surgery. Benefits of the laser closure treatment over vein stripping include:

  • Local anesthetic or light sedation instead of a general anesthetic
  • No incision
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Faster return to regular activities

Talk with your doctor to decide if endovenous laser therapy is right for you. Before scheduling laser closure, check with your insurance company about coverage.

Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins

In many cases, varicose and spider veins cause no symptoms. But these veins are often unattractive and may become painful over time. Legs with varicose veins may feel worse with prolonged sitting or standing. Common symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Aching pain
  • Burning
  • Easily tired legs
  • Leg heaviness
  • Rash on the legs
  • Itching
  • Leg swelling
  • Numbness in the legs
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Skin ulcers