EVLT: What you need to know about the procedure
Patients suffering from varicose veins may benefit from several different types of therapy. One of the most commonly used therapies for people with this condition, however, is endovenous laser therapy, or EVLT. Below is some basic information about this popular treatment option.
Endovenous laser therapy is the treatment of choice for patients who have varicose veins that are too large to be treated with sclerotherapy and too deep within the tissues to benefit from microphlebectomy. Patients who select this procedure may or may not have tried more conservative treatment options, such as elevation of the legs or the use of compression stockings, prior to seeking professional treatment.
How it Works
During endovenous laser therapy, a vein specialist inserts a thin fiber into the patient’s abnormal veins. He or she will then use the fiber to deliver laser energy to the interior of the vein. As the fiber is removed, the walls of the vein seal closed behind it. Blood is routed into healthier vessels, and the treated vessel fades from view.
What to Expect
Patients undergoing EVLT may experience some discomfort during and after the procedure. Patients may also notice minor bruising. However, all of these symptoms will fade in the days and weeks following the procedure. Patients can also take over-the-counter pain remedies to reduce discomfort after the procedure. Patients should avoid the use of any pain relievers that contain aspirin.
A patient who undergoes endovenous laser therapy will notice a marked improvement in the appearance of the treated veins once the procedure is complete. Patients who were experiencing uncomfortable symptoms because of their varicose veins, such as cramping, tingling, weakness, aching or numbness, should also experience relief after endovenous laser therapy.
Making an Appointment
If you are interested in scheduling endovenous laser therapy, you must first meet with a qualified vein doctor for an evaluation. After reviewing your medical history and examining your veins, your doctor will be able to help you decide whether this procedure is right for you. Please contact the McLean Vein & Wellness Center today to get started.