(EVLT) Endovenous Laser Treatment
Safe, Effective Treatment for Varicose Veins
What Is Endovenous Laser Treatment?
Endovenous laser treatment is a medical procedure that closes varicose veins by sending pulses of light into the damaged vein.
How Does Endovenous Laser Treatment Work?
Commonly referred to as EVLT, Dr. Favata begins the procedure by applying a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. She then inserts a small laser fiber into the affected vein. This fiber delivers small pulses of light, which damage the vein and cause it to close and shrink. Over time, the body reabsorbs the vein via its natural healing processes.
What Are the Benefits of Endovenous Laser Therapy?
The greatest benefit of EVLT is that it is highly effective, boasting a 98 percent success rate. Additional benefits include:
- EVLT is a non-surgical, in-office procedure that takes around 45 minutes
- Endovenous laser treatment offers immediate symptom relief for varicose veins
- There is little to no scarring with endovenous laser therapy
- Patients undergoing EVLT experience minimal to no pain
- There is little to no downtime after endovenous laser therapy
In addition, doctor-recommended EVLT is covered by most health insurance.
What Happens After Endovenous Laser Treatment?
After completing the procedure, the treatment area is bandaged. You may also receive a compression stocking to wear for up to three weeks.
The patient returns two to three weeks later for a follow-up appointment to gauge treatment success. Dr. Favata uses ultrasound technology to determine whether further treatments are required.
Are There Risks to Endovenous Laser Treatment?
Nearly every medical procedure carries some level of risk. The main risks of EVLT are:
- Bruising or irritation at the site
- Phlebitis (swelling or inflammation of surface-level veins)
Numbness or a feeling of tightness
These possible side effects are minimal and typically clear up within a few days.
More serious complications are rare, effecting fewer than 0.5 percent of patients. They include skin burns, nerve damage, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis.