Endovenous Laser Treatment for the elimination of varicose veins is quickly becoming the gold-standard in the treatment of varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment uses laser energy, which is simply a highly concentrated beam of light.
Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, so as not to affect the surrounding tissue.
Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all types of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology.
In the hands of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk for complications than conventional surgery.
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 procedure is minimally invasive and requires no general anesthesia. Only local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the physician is working.
Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure and can resume normal activities the same day.
Standard surgery usually requires a cut in the groin to tie off the vein, after which it is removed by a stripping device.
This can cause significant bruising pain following treatment. EVLP avoids the need for a cut in the groin and there is minimal bruising so people who have EVLP can usually return to normal activity sooner than those who have standard treatment.
The main advantage of EVLP is that after the operation there is very little discomfort and bruising compared to conventional surgery.
In the long term an excellent cosmetic outcome can be expected from either technique. There is a similar risk of recurrence following either procedure.
No. Some people have large, winding veins that are not suitable. Recurrent varicose veins after previous surgery are often unsuitable for EVLP. We will be happy to discuss whether your veins are suitable for EVLP. About 70% of people with varicose veins can be treated with EVLP.
EVLP (VenaCure EVLP) will remove the major superficial veins, including the saphenous veins. It is, however, usually necessary to treat the bulging veins around the calf.
We usually treat these veins with foam injections at the same time as the EVLP treatment.
There is a small risk of burns to the skin and possibly a slightly increased risk of deep vein.< thrombosis (DVT), as with all treatments for varicose veins.
Some patients who have EVLP experience an odd sensation or sensitivity in the thigh. This tends to start about 3 to 5 days after treatment. The sensation disappears in most people within a few weeks. Very rarely (1 in 200 chance) the discomfort can last longer and be more intense. This can also occur with traditional surgery and laser treatments.
EVLP is performed in a treatment room or operating theatre under local or general anaesthesia. An EVLP catheter is threaded along the vein under ultrasound guidance. Local anaesthetic is injected around the vein. Electrical heating is used to destroy the vein as the catheter is withdrawn. Varicose veins are removed through tiny cuts in the leg or injected.
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