Endovenous Laser Therapy
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) or Venous Ablation is a technique that uses a laser fiber to close down the enlarged varicose veins. The procedure is performed in our office and takes about 30-45 minutes. A small laser catheter is passed into the affected vein with guidance from the ultrasound machine. The laser is then turned on and the entire vein closed down. The laser is fired at multiple locations and the entire procedure is performed with some local anesthesia. The closed vein is reabsorbed into the body and the blood supply in that area is naturally rerouted to other veins. Recovery is rapid and involves minimal pain.