Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery that would otherwise involve “stripping” the vein. With our advanced procedure, you can avoid vein stripping, along with the time, risk and painful recovery involved with traditional surgery.
EVLT has a number of advantages over surgical vein stripping, including:
- Minimally invasive
- Does not use general anesthesia
- Performed in an outpatient setting
- Involves minimal downtime (approximately one day)
How EVLT works:
In endovenous laser treatment, a thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein through a very small entry point in the skin. A laser light is emitted through the fiber, as the fiber is pulled back through the vein, it delivers just the right amount of energy. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body’s blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other, healthy veins. The closed vein eventually shrinks and disappears as it is absorbed by the body.