EVLT for Varicose Veins
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a minimally invasive procedure used for the treatment of varicose veins. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional surgical interventions like vein stripping. EVLT utilizes laser energy to heat and seal off the affected vein, leading to its closure and redirection of blood flow. In this article, we will provide an overview of the EVLT procedure for varicose veins.
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EVLT for Varicose Veins Procedures
There are several EVLT for Varicose Veins Procedures. These are:
- Preparation: Before the EVLT procedure, the patient may be instructed to avoid applying lotions or oils to the legs. The area of treatment is cleansed, and the patient may be given a local anesthetic to numb the site where the laser fiber will be inserted.
- Ultrasound Guidance: To accurately visualize the varicose vein and guide the procedure, ultrasound imaging is used. The ultrasound technician or healthcare provider applies gel to the skin and uses a handheld device (transducer) to capture real-time images of the veins in the leg.
- Laser Fiber Insertion: Once the target vein is identified using ultrasound, a small incision is made near the vein. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through the incision. The fiber is advanced along the length of the vein under ultrasound guidance until it reaches the desired treatment area.
- Tumescent Anesthesia:Prior to laser energy delivery, a tumescent anesthesia solution is injected around the vein. This solution numbs the surrounding tissue, compresses the vein, and protects nearby structures from heat damage. The anesthesia also helps cool the skin surface during the procedure.
- Fiber Withdrawal: After the laser energy has been delivered, the fiber is slowly withdrawn from the vein. The treated vein is now closed off, and blood flow is redirected to healthier veins.
- Compression and Bandaging: Following the EVLT procedure, compression stockings or bandages are applied to the treated leg. Compression helps reduce swelling, promotes healing, and supports the newly treated vein. The patient is typically advised to wear compression stockings for a specific duration, as recommended by the healthcare provider.
- Recovery and Follow-up: EVLT is typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day. Mild discomfort, bruising, and swelling may occur after the procedure, but these symptoms generally resolve within a few weeks. Patients are encouraged to engage in regular walking and avoid prolonged sitting or standing during the recovery period.
- Results: Over time, the closed varicose vein is absorbed by the body and fades away. Symptoms such as leg pain, heaviness, and swelling often improve as blood circulation in the affected leg improves. The full benefits of EVLT treatment may take several weeks to manifest.
Murray Hill Plastic Surgery & Vein Center : EVLT for Varicose Veins
EVLT is generally considered a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of varicose veins. As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, nerve injury, or skin burns. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine if EVLT is an appropriate treatment option for your varicose veins and to discuss the potential risks and benefits specific to your situation.
Please note that the information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance regarding your condition.