Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
About Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
EVLT is a procedure that uses a minimally invasive endovenous laser to treat varicose veins and is a clinically proven alternative to traditional and painful ligation and stripping surgery. It requires no general anesthesia and offers minimal risk and a shorter recovery time.
After local anesthesia is administered, a laser fiber is inserted through a small incision in the skin to access the faulty vein. The laser delivers a precise dose of energy into the vein wall, collapsing it. This process, called ablation, cures the condition and diverts blood flow to nearby functional veins which now have the opportunity to function correctly. The resulting increased circulation significantly reduces the symptoms of varicose veins and improves their cosmetic look. The collapsed vein soon shrinks and disappears.
How EVLT Ablation works
Energy generated by the laser irritates the vein walls, causing them to shrink and slowly disappear. The vein can no longer carry any blood through it. Because these veins are superficial, they are not important in transferring blood to the heart, an activity carried out by the adjacent functional veins.
Will Losing this vein cause problems?
No. The destroyed saphenous vein is not healthy in the first place and is of no use. The deep veins, however, are not altered by the laser as will continue to carry blood away from the legs.
Conditions that can be treated
EVLT is considered to be the gold standard for treating both large and small varicose veins. The success rate of an EVLT procedure can be as high as 98 percent – measurably better than any other alternatives.
Strip surgery (surgically removing varicose veins) is an alternative treatment. This procedure is performed under anesthesia, is painful, has a longer recovery period, and will leave a scar.
While sclerotherapy can effectively treat small varicose veins, it is not generally used to treat large varicose veins, as it has a high recurrence rate requiring multiple treatments.
The Best Candidates
EVLT may be recommended for larger veins that are too large to effectively treat using sclerotherapy.
Patients who are pregnant, have had a recent blood clot, have arterial occlusive disease, or who are in poor general health are not good candidates for EVLT.
Show Me the Results
* Photos represent actual patient results. Individual results may vary;
Please consult with your injecting physician to determine what results you may expect.