Endovenous Venous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is an excellent alternative to the “surgical stripping “of a malfunctioning vein as previously described. This procedure is performed by inserting a small laser fiber into the target vein through a small needlestick near the knee. Local anesthetic is administered throughout the procedure. Once set, the laser is pulsed into the vein as the fiber is drawn out; this causes the vein wall to collapse and seal down. After the procedure is completed, a compression dressing is applied. The entire procedure takes about an hour and the patient will be able to walk immediately and go to work the following day. A compression stocking is worn for 3-4 weeks after the procedure to help the vein”shut down.”
In most cases, after vein treatments, patients will wear Compression Stockings. These are a mainstay of treatment for varicose veins both for prevention and after treatment. Many studies have shown the benefit of compression stockings for varicose veins. Their use following treatment has been shown to increase the benefits of therapy. It is also used as a conservative measure in the management of symptoms of varicose veins. A trial of compression stockings is part of the entire process of treatment of varicose veins.
Advantages of EVLT
- 45-minute IN OFFICE procedure
- NO hospitalization required
- General anesthesia NOT required
- Resume normal activities next day
- Minimal discomfort
- Little or no scarring
- FDA Cleared and Proven Treatment
Notes on "Older" Vein Treatments
“Older” Vein treatments include “Vein Stripping” and “Vein Ligation”. Stripping is not performed at the SF Vein & Laser Center. It is a painful procedure that requires general anesthesia and a long recovery period. EVLT has replaced this procedure with equivalent efficacy and added benefits. Vein Ligation is rarely performed, as EVLT has surpassed this treatment in effectiveness. This procedure is indicated when other alternatives are not available. This procedure is done to redirect or correct blood flow. This is done under local anesthesia with the enlarged vein being tied off through a small incision.