In the past, varicose veins were treated with a surgical procedure called vein stripping, where the vein was completely removed from the leg. Today,Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is used to deliver laser energy into the malfunctioning vein to seal it closed. It’s precise, painless, and quick.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
In preparation for the EVLT procedure, an ultrasound machine is used to examine and map out the shape and size of the veins in your legs. This venous map allows our ultrasonographers and physicians to accurately locate the unhealthy veins that need to be treated. Our physicians will also provide you with a personalized treatment plan that will include the estimated number of treatments that your leg may require.
During the EVLT procedure, you are awake and your leg is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small puncture is made in the leg near the location of the unhealthy vein. A thin fiber-optic probe is inserted through a needle into the vein using ultrasound guidance.
A highly concentrated beam of light from the laser heats the vein walls which makes them shrink. This causes the unhealthy vein to collapse. The precision of the laser allows the physician to target the vein without affecting the surrounding tissue. Once the vein is sealed closed, it slowly disintegrates while being absorbed by the surrounding soft tissues. The other healthy veins in your leg will then take over the normal blood flow toward the heart.
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