For information please call 401-845-1389
Varicose veins are caused by weakened
valves and veins in the legs. One-way valves in veins function to keep
blood flowing from the legs up toward the heart. When these valves
malfunction, blood pools in the veins, causing an increased pressure
that can make the veins bulge and twist.
Nearly 20 percent of adults develop varicose veins, which can be painful, unsightly and potentially dangerous. Left untreated, varicose veins can cause serious conditions including
inflammation or phlebitis, blood clots, hyperpigmentation, ankle sores
or skin ulcers, and bleeding.
The diagnostic imaging department at Newport Hospital offers varicose vein treatment through a non-surgical laser technique called endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT. Under a local anesthesia, a physician
inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein through a very small entry
point. The laser light seals the faulty vein.
EVLT can be done on an outpatient basis, and the entire
procedure takes about one hour. The procedure is virtually painless. Most patients are able to resume normal activities immediately.
EVLT procedures are done by board-certified and credentialed radiologists who are specially trained in this procedure.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 401-845-1389. Download the brochure to learn more about the procedure