About the procedure
The EVLT procedure involves inserting a thin laser fiber into the vein through a tiny entry point in the leg. This entry point is usually near the knee, but depends on the location of the varicose vein. Generally local anesthetic is applied to ensure patient comfort.
Prior to the start of the procedure, our office uses ultrasound to map out the vein. The EVLT procedure uses the latest generation of EVLT® catheter, which has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States, to insert a laser fiber directly inside the faulty vein under local anesthesia.
The treatment works by delivering a targeted dose of laser energy directly into the vein wall, causing it to collapse. This is a process known as ablation. After treatment, the body diverts blood flow to nearby functional veins, improving circulation, and significantly reducing the symptoms of varicose veins. Cosmetic improvement of the varicose veins is often seen. Other procedures like ambulatory phlebectomy may be required to obtain optimal results.