ENDOVENOUS LASER (EVLT)
What is it?
EVLT is a highly effective procedure that uses laser energy to treat damaged source veins. The procedure is conducted in The Vein Health Centers offices and takes 30 to 40 minutes. This procedure is an alternative to surgical stripping.
How it works?
A thin laser fiber is introduced under local anesthesia, through a needle stick in the skin, into the affected vein. The laser energy is delivered through the fiber to the precise location of the damaged vein under ultrasound guidance.
This causes the vein to collapse and close. The blood that flowed through the non-working vein is automatically redirected to existing healthy veins improving circulation. Little to no pain is associated with the procedure.
Some tenderness, tingling or tightness may occur after the procedure. These complications do not always occur and are usually resolved in 2 to 4 weeks.
These complications do not always occur and usually resolve in 2 to 4 weeks. Other rare complications are deep blood clots, infection and skin burns.
The endovenous laser has revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins at the source of the problem and has virtually replaced the surgical stripping. It may require more than one procedure depending on the number of damaged veins.
Recovery is fast and there is no down time. The patient may return to work and normal non-strenuous activities.
We have yet to encounter any of these complications throughout our extensive use of this technology prior to FDA approval.
Before your appointment:
- Bring compression stockings and extra underwear.
- Please, take breakfast or lunch 1 hour before your appointment.
- You can continue taking any medicine as usual. (Do not stop)
- Do not apply any cream or lotion to your legs.
- You will be in the office around 2 hours.
After your procedure:
- The bandages should be removed 24 HOURS after the procedure at home. You will then wear compression stockings for an additional 2 weeks, removing them only at bedtime.
- After the bandaging is removed, you may shower or bathe normally.
- Avoid lifting greater than 15 lbs. for 10 days.
- You may resume vigorous exercise 2 weeks after your procedure.
- It is important to know that you will be able to maintain normal activities after the procedure.
- *We will provide you a consent and instructions form the day of the procedure.