Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is a non-surgical method of treating varicose veins and spider veins. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure; the entire process is completed through a small incision and you are able to walk immediately after.
What Is Endovenous Laser Treatment?
In short, it is a vein treatment used to collapse problem varicose veins and spider veins. Your doctor will apply local anesthesia to the affected area and then use real-time ultrasound imaging to place a catheter into the targeted varicose or spider veins. A laser optic wire, less than one millimeter thick, is then guided through the catheter and into the vein. The laser heats the targeted veins with light as it is pulled out, causing the veins to collapse and the blood to reroute itself through healthy veins. The physician will then put a Band-Aid over the incision. You should refrain from exercise and high impact activity for one to two weeks.
Am I A Candidate For Endovenous Laser Treatment?
If you are suffering from varicose vein symptoms such as pain, heaviness, or itching then it is likely that you are a good candidate for EVLT. The procedure is much less invasive and painful than traditional vein stripping and also presents a great option for people that are looking to restore a healthy look without varicose or spider veins.
EVLT has a high success rate, but in some cases your vein doctor may recommend sclerotherapy or ambulatory phlebectomy instead. If you are wondering whether EVLT is a good option for your specific vein symptoms, request a free consult at either of our Chicago, IL vein clinic locations or at our Elgin, IL vein clinic location.
Should I Get Treatment?
Varicose vein symptoms are usually esthetic only, but can sometimes cause more serious symptoms from aching to ulcers. Patients will get them treated if they would like to improve the appearance of their affected area or if they would like to avoid the possibility of worse symptoms. Spider veins generally only present esthetic symptoms and patients will get them treated if they are bothered with the appearance.