ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), also known as Endovenous Thermal Ablation, is a revolutionary procedure for treating varicose veins. As a minimally invasive treatment, it will make you feel and look better fast, and most importantly, with little to no scarring!
What are the advantages of
Laser treatment of varicose veins is safe, efficient and almost painless. Most patients are able to get back to normal activity within a day.
What are the contraindications for laser treatment of varicose veins?
Procedure is contraindicated if you have a blood clot in any one of the femoral veins in your leg (deep vein thrombosis) as it may affect the flow of blood from the leg.
How is Laser Treatment Performed?
The treatment is performed under spinal anesthesia in which patient’s legs will be anesthetized, however the patient will remain conscious.
Sedation can be given in necessary cases. During laser treatment, a small incision is made on the skin of leg to insert the catheter which is guided through the varicose vein.
A laser fiber is passed through the catheter and it heats up the varicose vein as it is pulled back out through the catheter. The heat causes the vein to close up and eventually shrink. The incision made for the catheter is very small and does not need any sutures for closure.
Only a bandage will be placed at the site of the incision. The entire procedure takes less than an hour to complete.
This process eliminates the cause of vein-bulging at its source, diverting the blood to the other, healthy veins in your leg. Because this procedure uses ultrasound to detect the faulty veins, it is more accurate and effective than many other surgical procedures (e.g. vein stripping).
Post Endovenous Laser Treatment Instructions
- Compression stockings to be worn for few weeks to months.
- Normal activity can be resumed same day.
- There is no incision no stiches, no scar and no bulging vein.
- Exercise programs can be resumed after two weeks.
Possible Side Effects Of Advanced Endovenous Treatment Of Varicose Veins.
- Slight bruising.
- Temporary numbness.
- Slight ankle or foot swelling may be there for few days to weeks.
- Slight discomfort for few days.