What is EVLT treatment?
An Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is the next best thing when it comes to closing off particularly large, stubborn and painful varicose veins. Prior to the practice of this state of the art procedure, removal of varicose veins was invasive and painful. Surgical treatment to remove, or strip, the varicose vein requires some recovery time and general anesthesia to be administered. The stripping of varicose veins can be problematic and have painful side effects in some patients.
This procedure of Endovenous Laser Treatment is recommended when the varicose veins are particularly large and cannot be treated with Sclerotherapy. The alternative treatment of stripping the varicose vein, Endovenous Laser Treatment, is revolutionary since it requires no recovery time. The alternative surgical procedure takes up to eight weeks to recover, and may cause quit significant discomfort, as well high recurrence rate.
Deciding to treat your varicose veins with Endovenous Laser Treatment, there are a few things you should know about your EVLT.
The EVLT Procedure
How long will it take?
At Canada Vein Clinics, we perform this non-surgical procedure directly in the office (outpatient) and only require a small amount of topical anesthetic to treat the area of interest. Endovenous Laser Treatment is guided by an ultrasound imaging, and is done by inserting a small needle and a laser fiber into the vein. Topical anesthesia numbs the area so no pain is felt with the insertion of the small needle.
The ultrasound assist will help the physician explore the varicose vein’s issues fully, to provide effective treatment for the varicose vein. Because of the severe twisting and knotting appearance of varicose veins, ultrasound gives the best picture of the varicose veins origin.
Once the laser is inserted at the best point of treatment in the affected vein, the laser’s heat energy is then administered to the walls of the vein. The laser damages the diseased area with thermal energy, thereby closing the vein and removing the pathway of blood supplied to the varicose vein. Once the procedure is finished, we bandage the area with small compression bandages to help support the newly closed vein. The outpatient procedure is done in under an hour.
What to Expect After
The Endovenous Laser Treatment procedure is designed to make sure there is minimal disturbance to the patient’s life and activities immediately following. There is no recovery time after this procedure for the treatment of painful varicose veins. You may feel slight tightening of the area and some mild bruising can occur, but this is normal and is not painful.
After the procedure, there is no recovery time, but we do encourage that no heavy lifting be done afterward. We also encourage minimizing vigorous exercise; depending on each patient this will vary.
Once the varicose vein is closed by the Endovenous Laser Treatment procedure, the blood is then rerouted to deeper veins and circulation improves significantly. After a short time, normal exercise and physical activity will increase and be much less painful.
Prior to the treatment of varicose veins with the EVLT, patients experienced high levels of discomfort in small movements. Walking that was once difficult will now be enjoyable after the laser treatment.
Not only will your circulation improve thereby improving your overall health, but also the appearance of unsightly varicose veins is significantly minimized. Varicose veins cause embarrassment, and attempts to conceal them are difficult. After this minimally invasive procedure is completed there’s no need to worry about showing off some leg, uncovering your hands and other areas.
At Canada Vein Clinics, we help our patients achieve all cosmetic and health benefits that Endovenous Laser Therapy has to offer. Feel confident and healthier after this treatment. The results of Endovenous Laser Treatment are amazing.
Benefits of EVLT Treatment
- No recovery time after
- No scarring
- Minimally invasive treatment
- Significant cosmetic appearance improvement
- Outpatient procedure
- Immediate return to normal activity
- 98% effective
- Improved circulation
- Procedure under one hour
The EVLT procedure is the most effective nonsurgical procedure for the removal of varicose veins to date (it’s success rate is 98%).
Varicose veins are painful as a pooling of blood in the lower half of the body causes them. Varicose veins are unpleasing to the eye at first, but become unbearable to the individual over time and normal movement is impossible.
In order to regain a healthier lifestyle and regain your confidence, it’s best to treat varicose veins at the start of their appearance and Endovenous Laser Treatment is one of the best options to achieve this.
Call Canada Vein Clinics to schedule your appointment for a consultation to discuss all the benefits. Live your life fully and comfortably by taking care of varicose veins now.