What is Endovenous Laser Treatment?

June 22, 2015

Varicous Spider Veins, Treatment of Varicous Veins

Varicose veins, those unsightly bulging ropes that tend to creep up the lower leg, are a major cosmetic concern for some men and women. In the past, treatment for these veins involved invasive surgery and significant discomfort and downtime. Fortunately, surgical vein treatments have now been replaced in nearly all cases with minimally-invasive procedures using innovative technology and techniques. Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is one of those minimally-invasive treatments that is requested frequently at The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin.

The Laser Difference

EVLT uses laser energy delivered directly into the abnormal veins via a narrow catheter. The laser heats the vein from the inside, causing the vessel walls to seal closed and the vein to collapse. The treated vein is eventually eliminated by the body’s natural processes, while blood reroutes through healthy veins nearby. By administering focused laser energy, we can effectively destroy the vein in question without damaging surrounding skin and tissue.

Quick Procedure, No Downtime

There are numerous benefits to choosing EVLT over other types of vein treatment today:

  • Procedure may be performed under local anesthesia, minimizing risks
  • Micro incisions to insert the catheter leave no visible scarring after treatment
  • Patients are able to get up and walk immediately following the procedure
  • Most patients return to regular activities the same day or the day after
  • The procedure may be performed at any of our three treatment offices

Permanent Results

Because EVLT virtually destroys the vein, the results of the procedure are considered permanent. In clinical studies, EVLT has demonstrated consistent success with little or no recurrence of symptoms. In the unlikely event that new varicose veins form in the area that was originally treated, additional procedures may be recommended to ensure you maintain your positive results.

In addition, treatment with EVLT will eradicate uncomfortable symptoms you might be experiencing with your varicose veins, such as pain, swelling and leg fatigue. In fact, most patients experience almost immediate relief from symptoms after treatment. Unfortunately, skin changes that have already occurred as a result of varicose veins may not reverse after treatment. For this reason, it is important to seek EVLT as early as possible, to prevent future complications like skin changes and venous ulcers from occurring.

Dr. James Jimenez is an experienced EVLT provider, offering his Florida and Alabama patients the very latest in technology to eliminate their spider and varicose veins. If you would like to learn more about EVLT or the other vein treatments Dr. Jimenez offers, contact The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-VEIN.