Endo-venous Laser Treatment – or EVLT – is a fast, safe, and effective method of treatment for patients suffering from varicose veins and vein reflux disease. Varicose veins and related symptoms affect nearly 25% of all women and 18% of all men. While painful vein-stripping surgery used to be the only option for removing unattractive veins, EVLT has become the new norm in vein reflux disease treatment.
What Is EVLT Vein Treatment
Developed by leading phlebologists, EVLT is a virtually painless procedure that can be completed in-office in less than 1 hour and requires very little patient recovery time. There is minimal postoperative pain and virtually no scarring – leaving patients with immediate relief of both internal and external vein reflux disease symptoms.
The EVLT procedure uses duplex ultrasound technology to map out the positioning of the saphenous vein. After applying a local anesthetic, a catheter is placed inside the vein and positioned near the groin.
A laser fiber is then threaded through the catheter, and when activated emits targeted radial energy that gently closes the vein walls from the inside – causing branch veins to shrink and lose their unattractive appearance.
After the procedure, patients are required to wear a compression bandage during the day and walk a minimum of 10 minutes three times per day for 2 weeks. Endovenous Laser Post-Op Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
Is endovenous laser treatment painful?
Endovenous laser treatment is generally not painful. You will have the procedure under anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the treatment. After the procedure, you might experience soreness, tingling, or bruising near the treated vein.
The soreness and discomfort is manageable with over-the-counter medications. However, everyone’s experience with pain is different. What one person finds tolerable, another might find uncomfortable. It’s always a good idea to discuss any concerns about pain with your doctor before the procedure.
How long does it take to recover from endovenous laser treatment?
Recovery from endovenous laser treatment is usually fast. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a couple of days. You should avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks. It’s also common to wear compression stockings for about two weeks after the procedure. While most patients experience minimal discomfort, everyone’s recovery process is unique.
What is the success rate of endovenous laser treatment?
Endovenous laser treatment has a good track record. The success rate of this procedure is between 95% and 100%. This means the vast majority of these treatments are successful and address the issue. However, as with any medical procedure, patient results can vary. This includes the severity of the condition the doctor is treating and the patient’s overall health.
What is the side effect of EVLT?
Generally, side effects of EVLT are mild and may include temporary bruising or soreness. You can often manage these side effects with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Other possible but rare side effects include headaches, dizziness, numbness of the legs, nerve damage, and skin burns. In general, though, complications from EVLT are very rare. It is a safe and effective method for treating varicose veins.
Does insurance cover endovenous laser treatment?
Insurance will generally cover endovenous laser treatment. However, it will typically depend on whether the insurance company deems the treatment medically necessary. Insurance providers will generally cover the costs if a doctor prescribes the treatment to address a medical condition, such as varicose veins. However, the specifics can vary depending on your insurance plan. It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider.
What happens if you don’t walk after endovenous laser treatment?
Walking is important after endovenous laser treatment. It’s part of the healing process. Walking helps get the blood circulating. If you don’t walk, it could slow down your recovery. Walking also helps to reduce the risk of complications, such as blood clots. However, while walking is beneficial, you should avoid strenuous exercise shortly after the procedure.
Schedule A Consultation For Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose To Perfect is one of the leading vein treatment centers in the Cincinnati-Dayton area for minimally invasive, pain-free treatments for varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein conditions. Our team is led by Dr. Sukir Sinnathamby, a board-certified interventional vascular physician.
EVLT, like many of the procedures we offer, is covered by most health insurance. Our staff will handle all of the necessary billing and documentation to secure pre-approval of treatment through your insurance company.
To learn more about EVLT and how it can help you resume a normal, healthy lifestyle, contact us today to schedule a consultation.