Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) - Varicose Veins (Single Extremity) in South Korea

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About the Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) - Varicose Veins (Single Extremity)

They are superficial veins carrying blood,which creates pressure while standing. They look like spider webs and appears swollen and bulged. In worse case scenario they may cause pain at night experienced with some throbbing sensation in the legs.

How is Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) - Varicose Veins (Single Extremity) performed?

Except for a few, most patient of varicose veins problem can definitely go for the laser solution. However there may be some for whom foam sclerotherapy is more suitable.

Firstly an ultrasound scan is performed and the veins are demarcated with a pen. The leg in concern is cleaned nicely and covered in drapes before the patient is made to lie on a couch. The patient can face downward or backward depending upon the veins that require treatment. The steps are observed and guided with the aid of ultrasound scanning.

The doctor would now get inside the vein. A very minute amount of anaesthetic is injected along with a needle which is inserted into the vein. Through the needle a wire is passed up in the concerned vein. Over the wire a catheter is passed after the removal of the needle.

Through the tubing of catheter a laser fibre is made to pass in such a way so that the tip is present at the top most point which requires heating (most appropriate is the crease of the groin). Through an arrangement of multiple tiny needle pricks, large amounts of local anaesthetic solution is injected around the vein.

During the procedure the patient as well as medical staff are expected to wear safety devices like specs for precuation. The process of firing laser and pulling down the vein does not take more than 5 minutes. Sufficient amount of thermal energy is generated to the wall of the vein to induce occlusion, fibrosis and eventually resulting in the disappearance of the vein. Small amount of blood gets heated in the vein, apart from that some heating may occur due to the absorption of photon from the radiation incident on the vein.

Diode lasers are commonly used having a range of wavelengths. Lower wavelengths are haemoglobin specific including 810 n,, 940 nm,980 nm and 1064nm. Water specific higher wavelengths include 1320nm and 1470nm. Post procedure symptoms are expected to be low with higher wavelength lasers at lower power settings.

The patient can hear a warning buzzer and may also smell a burning odour or even taste it, but there will be no pain associated with it. If both the legs are supposed to be treated then one after the other is done. The laser and catheter is then gradually removed. The puncture created by the needle is covered with a dressing. The total treatment may not last more than half an hour.

The treatment may be followed by some foam sclerotherapy or some sort of avulsions may also be undertaken. After all this a compression stocking is put on the patient's leg.

Recovery from Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) - Varicose Veins (Single Extremity)

After your are done with the laser treatment, you will be allowed home. It is absolutely not advisable to drive at this point. Some stockings will be given to be worn for a specific period of time (almost 2 weeks), till then you are expected not to swim and also adhere to some basic guidelines about bathing and getting your legs wet. This surgery will enable you to get back to work immediately causing no trouble at all. Some amount of pain and swellings may occur which is normal and can be counteracted with medicines like ibuprofen. Ignore occasional tightening sensation in the legs. If pain persists then consult your physician.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
What support services does MediGence provide in South Korea?
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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