Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive thermal ablation procedure that effectively occludes damaged veins. This treatment option is considered an alternative to endovenous radiofrequency ablation for those suffering from saphenous vein reflux disease. EVLT is generally performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance.
During the procedure, a physician inserts a thin laser fiber into the diseased vein. Once the fiber is in place, it is activated and pulled through the vein to emit light and deliver energy. This process causes the vein to close and seal shut as the fiber is pulled through the vein. Once the fiber approaches the insertion site, the physician will stop the laser energy delivery and remove the device from the vein.
Following EVLT, the physician will apply a small bandage over the operation site and help the patient put on compression stockings. These stockings must be worn 1-2 weeks after the procedure to minimize the risk of complication.
Patients will be asked to elevate the leg(s) 1-2 hours a day for 1-2 weeks after EVLT. Patients may also be advised to avoid excessive physical activity, hot baths, and prolonged sitting. To learn more about Endovenous Laser Treatment, call Palm Vein Center today!