What is EVLT?
Laser Vein Treatment - Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Ablation or Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLA/EVLT) is a minimally invasive option for treating saphenous vein incompetence or saphenous vein reflux. This in-office procedure usually takes about an hour and utilizes laser energy to ablate, or destroy, the dysfunctional vein. A local anesthetic or light sedative may be used during the procedure.
With laser vein treatment, a small optic fiber is inserted through a catheter into the varicose vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser is activated and as the optic fiber is removed from the vein, it heats and closes the vein. Once the vein is closed, the blood that was circulating through that vein is naturally re-routed to other healthy veins. Over time, the closed vein will be absorbed by the body.
When considering Endovenous Laser Ablation, be sure to see a vein specialist with an ample amount of laser experience. The procedure requires a delicate touch and thorough knowledge of the venous system in order to assure successful vein closure and minimal pain. Laser treatment is much less painful than vein ligation and stripping, procedures that we refuse to perform at Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona, and it has a much shorter recovery time.
What to Expect After EVLT
After endovenous laser treatment, you will need to wear compression stockings for up to a week. On follow up, your vein specialist will use a duplex ultrasound to assure that the vein has closed efficiently.
EVLT is normally covered by insurance, Medicare, and AHCCCS, and you will be able to walk following the treatment. You are typically able to return to your normal daily routine after a few short days.
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