How Does EVLT Treat Varicose Veins?

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Individuals with varicose veins in the Las Vegas, Nevada area have found relief through EVLT, a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes laser energy to close problem veins. Patients often feel and look better following the procedure, as this treatment helps to eliminate the unsightly appearance of varicose veins as well as pain or heaviness in the legs. One of the effects of relieving the unsightly appearance of varicose veins is that patients often feel more confident and comfortable showing off their legs. With the bulging, purplish or bluish veins no longer an aesthetic nightmare, individuals may feel comfortable wearing shorts or spending a day at the beach.

This procedure is performed by first identifying the vein just above the knee and then cleaning the leg area using an antiseptic ointment. Ultrasound visualization is used to perform the procedure and a small amount of local anesthetic is used for patient comfort. A needle is then placed in the vein and a small laser probe is inserted through the needle. The probe is identified using ultrasound and its position verified. The laser is then slowly heated using low energy, damaging the vein walls, causing it to shrink and leading to the closure of the vein.

The vein will become fibrosed and does not carry blood. Other veins in the area will take over blood flow in its absence. This treatment is painless and usually requires just 30 to 45 minutes to perform, although this may vary. The probe is removed and a small dressing is applied. A compression bandage will be applied and should be worn for about a week after the procedure. Patients may return home in about an hour in most cases. There are no scars left behind and EVLT is associated with just minimal postoperative pain. Minor soreness or bruising may be treated using over-the-counter pain medication, although patients should check with their doctor before taking any medicine to ensure that it is safe. A follow up appointment may be made after one to two weeks.

As with many medical procedures, there are certain risks that patients should be aware of before undergoing treatment. These include mild numbness around the thigh area, a pulling sensation, phlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, infection at the incision site and bruising, although the bruising is typically mild and should resolve after about a week. Patients are always encouraged to seek treatment from a trained, skilled vein specialist in the Las Vegas area to help ensure their safety and well-being as much as possible throughout the treatment process.

If performed on a symptomatic patient, EVLT may be covered by insurance. However, insurance carriers may require a trial period of wearing compression stockings and may require evidence that pain medication was required over the last six months. It is important to discuss cost and whether insurance will cover the procedure with a Las Vegas vein specialist as well as one's insurance company prior to beginning this or any procedure. Cost may vary depending on varying factors.

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