Laser Therapy (EVLT)
What Is an EVLT Procedure?
EVLT (also called endovenous laser therapy, EVLA, and endovenous laser ablation), is an outpatient procedure that treats vein disease and unhealthy veins with thermal energy. The purpose of EVLT is to close damaged veins and reroute blood into functional veins. Circulation improves immediately after treatment with EVLT. This highly effective procedure has a 90% success rate and is completed in just 30-45 minutes.
Our vein doctors perform this minimally invasive treatment in our office with local anesthesia. We locate the problematic vein with ultrasound technology and numb a small area on your skin. With ultrasound guidance, we insert a needle that delivers anesthetic fluid to surround the vein and protect adjacent tissue. Our physicians then administer laser energy inside of the vein, which causes inflammation, and ultimately, closure of the vein. Blood begins flowing into viable veins, and the sealed vein is reabsorbed by the body. Patients wear an ACE bandage for 48 hours and a compression stocking for a week after treatment. But they can resume normal activities immediately.
Is EVLT Effective?
What Side Effects Are Possible With EVLT?
- Common: Brief soreness
- Common: Mild stiffness or bruising
- Rare: Recurrent varicosities
- Rare: Temporary numb sensation
- Rare: DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
- Extremely Rare: Infection