Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
What You Need to Know
- It is a minimally invasive procedure.
- It makes use of laser beams to treat the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of varicose veins.
- The procedure requires local anesthesia.
- You can recover from it quickly (a few hours.)
- It involves some minor discomfort.
- It is performed in the clinic by physician under ultrasound guidance to ensure safe and accurate treatment of the affected area.
- It is covered by insurance more often than not.
- Patients can resume their normal routines within a day after getting the treatment.
- Procedure is completed in an hour or less.
How It Works
The procedure basically starts with a small optic fiber being inserted gently into a vein with unhealthy valves. This delivers laser light that heats and closes specific areas of the vein. The healing process almost immediately begins after the optic fiber is removed. The closed vein will now be reabsorbed into the body with the blood supply in the area being rerouted naturally through healthier veins. This procedure treats the greater and the small saphenous vein, the saphenous vein’s side branches, and a few of the perforator veins.