Laser ablation eases pain and patient resumes favorite activities

R.C., San Antonio

“I was scuba diving in the Bahamas not long after the procedure.”

R.C., a patient of Dr. Robert Thompson, said the varicose veins in his leg were the result of three different operations he’d had over the years. The varicose veins were very painful, causing him to wake up in the middle of the night.

“My leg would be throbbing. It would be itching. It would feel like it had a fever on it. It was one-and-a-half inches larger than the other leg because of the bulging veins. My wife kept asking me to seek treatment and I finally realized I couldn’t deal with the pain anymore,” R.C. said.

Dr. Thompson explained that a combination of procedures was performed on R.C.’s leg to treat different issues. Laser ablation was used to remove the vein that was causing the problem. “It’s the large vein inside the thigh that supplies the bulging vein,” he said. “The procedure can be done in the office in an hour with local anesthetic.” The smaller vein was removed later in a secondary procedure.

“I have my sexy legs back again,” R.C. joked. “And I was scuba diving in the Bahamas not long after the procedure.”

Dr. Thompson said 40 percent of women and 15 to 20 percent of men will get varicose veins in their lifetime. “With men, it’s lifestyle issues and heredity that cause varicose veins. Salesmen, doctors, nurses and retail workers are susceptible. For women, pregnancy and heredity both play a part.”

“Our procedures do not have any downtime,” Dr. Thompson said. “You can be in and out of the office in an hour or less and back to work the same day or the next day.”

Patients who do not seek treatment for varicose veins may experience chronic pain, bleeding, blood clots and skin ulcers. Dr. Thompson urges individuals, men and women, to contact Veintec if they are experiencing discomfort from varicose veins and discuss a solution with one of the board certified vascular surgeons.

Below is an interview with R.C. and Dr. Thompson.