EVLT for varicose veins
As many as half of American women and many men are affected by varicose veins – a condition in which blood pools in the veins, causing them to bulge. For some individuals, these veins are small and may improve on their own. Others, however, may experience severe or worsening varicosities that become painful and may even rupture. Fortunately, treatment is available to reduce the size of varicose veins and improve the symptoms associated with them. Endovascular laser therapy, or EVLT, is a non-surgical treatment which causes the veins to collapse and disappear.
Did you know…
that varicose veins can form anywhere on the legs, though they tend to develop on the insides of the legs and the backs of the calves? The exact cause of varicose veins is unknown, though hormones, pregnancy, genetics and age may increase a person’s risk factor. Certain lifestyle habits may also contribute to the development of varicose veins, such as working in a job that requires long periods of standing.
Why choose EVLT treatments?
Many patients prefer EVLT because it is minimally invasive, easily performed in our office, and has excellent results. Your medical history, physical exam, and a doppler ultrasound will determine if you can benefit from EVLT. This evaluation is usually covered by insurance.
What to expect during endovascular laser treatment.
EVLT is performed in the office, with sterile preparation and injection of local anesthesia. The entire procedure takes no longer than 60-90 minutes, after which a dressing is placed on the small incision site. You will wear your compression stockings when you leave the office.
What to expect after EVLT
It is normal to experience some bruising at the treatment site following EVLT. You will be required to wear compression stockings for 1 week following your procedure. Most patients do not require any pain medication. Results may continue to improve for up to 6 months following the procedure, at which time you may speak with your doctor about additional treatment options if necessary.