Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) for the elimination of varicose veins is quickly becoming the gold-standard in the treatment of varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) uses laser energy, which is simply a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision. This keeps it from affecting the surrounding tissue. Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all types of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology. In the hands of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk for complications than conventional surgery.
How Does EVLT Work?
In endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), a clinician inserts a thin fiber into the damaged vein through a very small entry point in the skin. The fiber emits a laser light and, as the clinician pulls the fiber back through the vein, it delivers just the right amount of energy. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The closed veins are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body’s blood flow. The blood automatically flows to other, healthy veins.
Some physicians are now using a jacketed fiber, which prevents any contact between the fiber and the vein wall. This prevents much of the pain and bruising that people often associate with the more conventional method of ligation and stripping. Some patients may experience temporary soreness or some slight swelling, which they can treat effectively with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers. Pain typically subsides within the first five days.
The procedure is minimally invasive and requires no general anesthesia. The only numbing required is a local anesthetic in the area the physician is working. We encourage patients to walk immediately after the procedure and resume normal activities the same day.
The VenaCure EVLT™ system utilizes this technology and method to eliminate varicose veins.