Q1. What is EVLT?
EVLT stands for Endovenous Laser Therapy: An ultrasound-guided technique used for treating varicose veins using laser energy. During an EVLT procedure a tiny (less than 1mm) laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein followed by an application of laser energy to heat and close the malfunctioning veins. An EVLT procedure usually takes 15 to 20 minutes. At USA Vein Clinics EVLT is performed as an outpatient procedure and a majority of patients resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Q2. How do I know if I am a good candidate for EVLT?
If you are suffering from painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, leg heaviness or swelling, restless legs, skin discoloration or non-healing wounds you are a good candidate for an EVLT procedure.
Q3. How do I prepare for an EVLT Procedure?
Make sure to wear loose-fitted and comfortable clothes on the day of your treatment. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and prepare for the procedure. Our vein specialists will perform the EVLT procedure under local anesthesia..
Q4. What is the recovery time after the procedure?
EVLT is a virtually painless procedure and there is no recovery time required after the treatment. A majority of our patients resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Q5. Do I need to take time off work after an EVLT procedure?
No, you don’t need to take time off after an EVLT procedure.
Q6. What can I expect after an EVLT procedure?
After an EVLT procedure the symptoms of painful varicose veins, swollen or bulging veins, leg pain, cramps, leg heaviness or swelling will gradually disappear and you will have a better quality of life and mobility. Treating symptoms of venous insufficiency also saves you from the risk of blood clots or other serious complications that can occur if varicose veins are left untreated.
Q7. What is the success rate of an EVLT procedure?
Clinical studies have shown a success rate of 98%.
Q8. Will the laser damage my skin?
No. Vascular lasers target the pigment in blood, so blood vessels are destroyed without affecting surrounding skin.
Q9. Is EVLT approved by FDA?
Yes, EVLT is an FDA approved procedure and is considered to be the gold standard in vein treatment.
Q10. Is the cost of my treatment covered by insurance?
Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. We have a dedicated insurance department to help our patients with insurance related questions.