Varicose Veins-Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), also known as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is an advanced and minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, and often painful veins that typically occur in the legs. They result from weakened or damaged valves in the veins, causing blood to flow backward and pool, leading to the visible bulging and discomfort. EVLA has become a popular treatment option for varicose veins due to its effectiveness, minimal invasiveness, and reduced recovery time.

How Endovenous Laser Ablation Works:

Endovenous Laser Ablation involves the use of laser energy to close off and seal the affected vein. The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia, and it follows these steps:

  • Preparation: The patient's leg is cleaned, and the affected vein is identified using ultrasound imaging, which helps the healthcare provider accurately locate the damaged vein.
  • Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is injected near the vein to numb the area and ensure patient comfort during the procedure.
  • Laser Fiber Insertion: A thin laser fiber is inserted into the varicose vein through a small incision. The laser fiber emits controlled bursts of laser energy.
  • Laser Ablation: The laser energy is delivered into the vein, causing the vein to heat up and collapse. The damaged vein is essentially sealed off as the laser fiber is slowly withdrawn.
  • Post-Procedure Care: After the procedure, a compression stocking or bandage may be applied to help with blood flow and reduce swelling. Patients are typically encouraged to walk and stay active to aid in the healing process.

Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation:

Endovenous Laser Ablation offers several advantages:

  • Minimally Invasive: EVLA is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning it requires only small incisions and results in less tissue damage. This results in less post-operative pain and scarring.
  • High Success Rate: EVLA is highly effective at closing off and treating varicose veins, with a high success rate in reducing symptoms and improving the appearance of the affected leg.
  • Rapid Recovery: Recovery time is generally shorter compared to traditional vein stripping procedures. Patients can typically return to their regular activities within a short period.
  • Cosmetic Improvement: EVLA not only provides relief from the discomfort and symptoms of varicose veins but also improves the cosmetic appearance of the legs.
  • Reduced Risk of Recurrence: EVLA has been associated with a lower risk of varicose veins recurring when compared to some other treatments.