Varicose veins are caused by a condition known as “venous reflux.” Traditional treatments for varicose veins required surgeons to remove damaged veins through a procedure known as “vein stripping.” Recovery times for vein stripping are extensive, and patients experience a great deal of discomfort after the procedure.
With EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment), you can have your vein reflux treated in a 45-minute outpatient procedure and walk out of the office. The procedure leaves no scar, creates minimal postoperative discomfort, offers a quick 1-2 week recovery and provides almost immediate relief from your symptoms.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE EVLT (ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT) PROCEDURE?
The EVLT procedure is a quick, minimally invasive procedure which uses a probe and a slim sheath that enters the vein through a tiny skin nick. The probe is guided into place using an ultrasound and is performed strictly under local anesthesia. Dr. Lachterman states it is similar to a dentist numbing the treatment area or having an IV started.
Here is what to expect:
- Ultrasound technician uses ultrasound to map out the vein to close
- Local anesthesia is applied
- A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point (usually near the knee or ankle)
- Laser energy is delivered to seal the vein