Laser Vein Ablation Specialist


Dr. Don H. Gaede

Varicose Vein Specialist located in Fresno, CA

If your varicose veins cause pain, aching, or cramping in your legs, you’re not alone. As many as 60% of adults have varicose veins. Whether you wish to remove varicose veins for cosmetic reasons or need relief from their symptoms, Don H. Gaede, MD, and the vein specialists at VeinPros in Fresno, California, offer laser vein ablation and other treatment options. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Laser Vein Ablation Q & A

What is laser vein ablation?

Laser vein ablation, also known as endovenous laser treatment, is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to burn and close damaged veins that lead to varicose veins. 

Your provider simply guides a tiny laser fiber into the varicose vein using a computer, video monitor, catheter, and an ultrasound machine. When the laser is turned on and slowly withdrawn, the laser energy seals the vein closed. Pressure is then applied to the insertion site to prevent bleeding, and the area is covered with a bandage. 

No sutures are required and the entire procedure is completed within an hour. The varicose vein specialists at VeinPros perform the laser procedure right in the office using local anesthesia delivered to a small area on the leg.

Laser vein ablation is over 95% successful in closing targeted veins. Most patients return to regular activities within a day of the procedure. You might have to return to the practice for follow-up sclerotherapy injections for any remaining varicose veins.

Who should get laser vein ablation?

Some patients request laser vein ablation treatment for cosmetic purposes to reduce or eliminate the appearance of varicose veins. Laser vein ablation is commonly used to ease the symptoms associated with varicose veins, including:

  • Leg heaviness
  • Throbbing or aching legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Painful vein swelling
  • Skin ulcers
  • Skin discoloration

Does laser vein ablation hurt?

Most patients report feeling pressure and discomfort during the laser vein ablation procedure rather than pain. The most uncomfortable part of the procedure is the injection of the local anesthetic along the damaged vein. The anesthetic quickly numbs the area to limit any discomfort during the closure of the vein.

What should I expect after laser vein ablation?

You may resume normal activities immediately after the laser vein ablation procedure, although you should avoid sitting for long periods of time. You need to wear a compression stocking to reduce bruising of the insertion site, tenderness, and minimize the risk of blood clots.

To find out if laser vein ablation can reduce or eliminate your varicose veins, call the vein specialists at VeinPros or use the convenient online booking feature.