What is EVLT?
Is EVLT Safe and Effective?
Endovenous laser ablation was one of the first minimally invasive procedures to receive FDA approval. Unlike surgeries, this procedure only involves one small incision on the skin’s surface, through which a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein. The procedure concludes within an hour with no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately. Furthermore, the risk of complications and vein disease recurrence is negligible. As such, endovenous laser ablation is safer and more effective than traditional vein treatments.
What to Expect from EVLT?
The vein doctor will administer local anesthesia to numb a small part of your skin on the thighs. The incision will be an entry point for the vein doctor to insert a specialized catheter with a laser fiber into the diseased vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser fiber will be guided into the diseased vein and activated to generate laser energy, thereby making it collapse. The accumulated blood will flow into healthier leg veins, restoring optimal blood circulation.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of EVLT?
- Leaves no scars and marks on the skin
- You can resume your daily activities immediately
- The procedure concludes within an hour
- No risk of skin discoloration
- You only experience mild to moderate discomfort
- The procedure involves needles
- It’s more uncomfortable than radiofrequency ablation
- No need for strenuous workouts and heavy exercise
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