Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is an non-surgical alternative to traditional vein stripping and is considered the gold standard for treating vein disease. An optic fiber is inserted into the damaged vein through a small opening in the skin and then laser is used to seal off the vein.
Your physician will use local anesthesia and real-time ultrasound imaging to check the vein and place a catheter. A laser optic wire, less than one millimeter thick, is guided through the catheter up to the varicose vein. The laser slowly heats the vein while the physician pulls it out, causing the vein to close and eventually shrink. Stitches are not needed, the physician will put a band-aid over where the catheter was inserted and you'll be able to walk and resume most activities immediately following the procedure. Blood flow from the closed veins will naturally be redirected to other healthy veins.
EVLT may be for cosmetic reasons, for example if you would like to reduce the visibility of veins in your legs. The procedure is used for both varicose and spider veins, especially in cases where the patient is experiencing aching or throbbing, fatigue or restlessness, night cramps, and other symptoms because of the aforementioned diseases. The procedure has a 98% success rate and symptoms will gradually disppear after the procedure.
Galilee Vein Center has helped many of our neighbors in the Chicago community restore healthy looking veins. If you would like to learn more or to find out if you are a candidate for EVLT, schedule a free consult using the form.