Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA, sometimes referred to as EVLT) remains the gold standard treatment for varicose veins.EVLA treats the underlying condition that leads to the appearance of varicose veins, restoring healthy blood flow to the legs. This technique effectively addresses both the symptoms associated with varicose veins and their cosmetic appearance.This straightforward walk-in, walk-out procedure is performed under local anesthetic on an outpatient basis, typically taking less than 1 or 2 hours, depending on the number of veins being treated.The majority of patients undergoing this procedure have described the EVLA procedure and its associated recovery period as uncomfortable but not painful.
EVLA was developed in the United States more than 20 years ago. Since that time, the medical community has observed and published excellent long-term results in terms of its safety and effectiveness. A laser fiber is inserted into the vein to be destroyed. This is done using ultrasound to guide the laser. Heat is applied, and the laser fiber is slowly and carefully moved along the length of the vein.This process essentially kills the target vein, with the dead vein slowly absorbed by the body. After this process is completed, a healthy blood flood is restored to the legs.
Symptoms of varicose veins include an achy or heavy feeling in the legs, itching, swelling, skin discoloration, and pain after sitting or standing for extended periods of time. In addition to being painful and unsightly, varicose veins can also be dangerous to your health. Untreated veins can burst and cause bleeding or painful ulcers. In some cases, varicose veins may contribute to the development of blood clots. These clots could travel to your heart, causing serious health complications.