EVLT™ - (EndoVenous Laser Treatment)
EVLT® Vein Ablation eliminates unsightly varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring and no lengthy recovery or side effects. In less than an hour you can be free from bulging, twisted varicose veins and back to enjoying your everyday activities. EVLT® is safe, fast, and effective.
EVLT® uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut and help you look and feel better fast.
- Treatment in less than an hour.
- Can be performed in the doctor’s office.
- Up to 98% success rate.
- Immediate relief of symptoms.
- Return to normal activity immediately – with little or no pain.
- No general anesthesia or hospitalization.
- No scars.
Here’s what to expect from the EVLT® procedure:
- Your doctor uses ultrasound to map out your vein.
- Local anesthetic is applied.
- A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee.
- Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein.
- Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed; just avoid rigorous activities such as gym workouts.
- There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as necessary.
- A compression bandage is then applied to the leg and replaced with an elastic stocking before the patient goes home.
How is the Vein Ablation Procedure different than traditional vein stripping?
During a stripping procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in your groin as well other incisions lower in the leg, and ties off the problematic vein. This vein is then removed (“stripped”) from the leg. With the vein ablation procedure, there is no need for the painful groin incision, and instead the vein is left in place and is simply eliminated using the laser catheter that is inserted through a small puncture and which delivers laser energy that heats the vein wall.
The vein ablation procedure virtually eliminates the bruising and pain associated with vein stripping. Vein stripping surgery is usually performed in an operating room under a general anesthetic, while the vein ablation procedure is performed as an outpatient using local anesthesia.
Is the Vein Ablation Procedure painful?
Your physician will give you a local anesthetic to numb your treatment area. Patients feel little if any pain during the procedure. There may be discomfort over the treatment area for a few days after the procedure that can be controlled with over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, and should not interfere with your normal daily activity.
How soon can I resume normal activity after treatment?
Most patients can resume normal activity immediately. However, you should refrain from very strenuous activity and prolonged periods of standing for a few weeks.
Will there be swelling following vein ablation?
In most cases there is little to no swelling following treatment. On very rare occasions, there may be slight tenderness or tingling for the first few weeks after treatment.
What do other patients think of the vein ablation procedure?
Ninety-five percent of patients who have had the vein ablation procedure say they would recommend it to a friend.
How do I know if the vein ablation procedure is right for me?
Only your doctor can tell you if the procedure is a viable option for your vein problem. In most cases, your doctor can judge after initial examination whether you are suitable. The most important step in determining whether or not the ablation procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination by your physician or qualified clinician. If the ultrasound study confirms your doctor’s findings, then vein ablation can be performed.
What are the risks and complications associated with the vein ablation procedure?
Like other venous procedures, vein ablation involves risks and potential complications which include numbness or tingling, skin burns, blood clots, and temporary tenderness in the treated limb. These complications however are not common.
Is age an important consideration for the vein ablation procedure?
No. Age alone is not a factor in determining whether or not vein ablation is appropriate for you, and has been used to treat patients across a wide range of ages.