Endovenus Laser Treatment (EVLT) is considered by many authorities to be the gold standard form of varicose vein treatment along with radiofrequency closure (Venefit).
During the EVLT procedure, a physician uses ultrasound imaging to first locate the affected vein in order to ensure precision during treatment. Then, the problematic vein is repaired and sealed using a laser that is directed through a thin fiber which has been inserted into the affected vein. Once the laser light is transmitted through the fiber, the heat causes the vein to close and blood is then redirected to other, healthier veins. Because this treatment is only performed on superficial veins that don’t carry significant amounts of blood flow, there is a reduced risk for any complications once the vein is sealed. In addition, sealing the affected vein significantly improves the appearance of the varicose vein without negatively affecting major circulatory functions.
This minimally invasive procedure involves virtually no recovery time and only local anesthetic is necessary to numb the area receiving the treatment. With a 98 percent success rate, immediate relief and little to no scarring, the EVLT treatment can successfully improve the appearance of varicose veins. This treatment can also be conveniently performed in a doctor’s office in less than an hour, so hospitalization and lengthy stays in recovery are not necessary.
Patients can return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure and are even encouraged to walk and return to their usual daily tasks. Following the procedure, patients may possibly experience feelings of tightness or “pulling” sensations that generally disappear in about a week. Patients may also possibly experience some minor bruising or tenderness in the treated area but can alleviate their discomfort with non-aspirin pain relievers or over-the-counter medications. EVLT is covered by most health insurance plans.
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