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

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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 Spain / Why should opt for Spain as a destination for your medical treatment?
Spain has a uni payer healthcare system. This means that there is universal coverage for most of the expenses (excluding prescription drugs). One might have to wait for quite some time to avail of elective procedure treatment in Spain. Non-European travelers must have valid health insurance coverage to benefit from the hospitals in Spain. One can also avail of it on a residency visa. The private insurance system helps you to avail the benefits at monthly costs. The taxes in Spain are comparatively lower than those of other European countries. Hence, one can surely opt for this country for medical treatment.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Spain? 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. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Spain :
  • Vithas Xanit International Hospital
  • Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud
  • Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon
  • Hospital General de Catalunya
  • Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO Barcelona)
  • Sanitas Hospitales
  • Guttmann Institute
  • Instituto Balear de Oftalmología (IBO)
Are the doctors/surgeons in Spain of the best quality?
The hospitals in Spain are based on “el sistema national de salud” which provides high-quality care and medical centres, that is, “centros de salud”. This system has public and private healthcare systems, often within the same level. Since many countries send ex-pats here, one can even find an English speaking doctor very easily. Most doctors are adequately skilled and can handle the cases.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Spain?
One has to apply for a Schengen Visa to gain entry into Spain for a medical purpose. The required documents when applying for a Schengen Visa for Medical Treatment are as follows:
  1. Visa application form.
  2. Two photos.
  3. Valid travel document/passport.
  4. A copy of your passport's data page.
  5. Roundtrip flight reservation.
  6. Travel Medical Insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation
What support services does MediGence provide in Spain?
MediGence has been praised on a global scale for the list of services they provide. Apart from the listed services, the staff and the guides are adorned for their customer interaction, impromptu assistance, and various other assistance related guidance throughout the tour. Thus, the list of services provided by MediGence are:
  • Insurance query related guidance
  • In-detail guidance till completion of the medical tour
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free airport to hospital transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodations Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Spain for medical treatment?
Spain has many cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Pamplona that have some of the best hospitals in Spain. Madrid has good hospitals for general and reproductive health facilities. Barcelona has hospitals specializing in child healthcare.

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