Endovenous Laser Ablation
What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?
Endovenous laser ablation also called endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is a minimally invasive procedure that we use in our office to treat chronic venous insufficiency. EVLT uses the application of heat to seal abnormal veins.
EVLT treats the following conditions:
How Does It Work?
During the treatment, we use the energy from heat in order to close your abnormal veins. We place a laser fiber into the diseased vein using a small cut in the skin. We then numb the area around the vein with a local anesthetic. Then we activate the laser fiber, creating enough heat to shut down the vein and seal it.
You don’t need to worry about any health risks from “losing” these abnormal veins. Your body will reroute the blood through the remaining, healthy veins.
What Happens After Treatment?
You will use compression stockings (usually thigh-high) the first night after the procedure and daily for the next 5-7 days.
We encourage all of our patients to walk at least 20 minutes up to three times a day post-procedure. However, you should avoid hard physical activity for a week after your treatment. You also shouldn’t try to lift anything heavier than 20 lbs during that week.
For most patients, pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. Bruising around the treated area is also very common. The bruising and discomfort usually resolve quickly.