How does the evlt procedure treat varicose veins?

Very well. Varicose veins on the surface are often related to poorly functioning veins below the skin. These veins are detected by ultrasound. Evlt is an excellent treatment for many of these underlying veins. A small needle is placed into the underlying vein. A laser fiber is placed through the needle into the vein. After local anesthesia, laser energy is delivered to the vein in order to eliminate it.
Close Source Vein. EVLT stands for endovenous laser treatment. This is a minimally invasive therapy for varicose veins that involves the thermal closure of a diseased leg vein beneath the skin surface that is leading to the surface varicose veins (they "grow" from the source vein) It has almost replaced traditional vein stripping procedures. Laser heat seals the vein closed & "cuts off flow" to the varicose veins.
Laser seals the vein. Evlt uses laser energy to collapse, or seal closed, the underlying vein, typically the saphenous vein, which is abnormal with insufficiency or reflux. The varicose veins are branches off of this underlying vein, and are bulging out because of the buildup of pressure which makes them dilate. When the saphenous vein is sealed closed, the pressure in the veins is reduced, and they can decompress.
Heat. Endovenous laser and radiofrequency ablation both work by applying energy, in the form of heat, to the inside of the treated vein. The heat damages part of the vein wall which causes the vein to shrink and seal off from the inside. Once that has happened, the body absorbs the vein over time and it disappears.
Closes valves. Evlt (endovenous laser ablation) is a method by which the malfunctioning (refluxing) valves of the saphenous system are sealed or closed. In doing this. The back pressure into the varicose veins is reduced resulting in them decreasing in size. They still, however, may require removal through micro incisions or through sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

Related Questions

Has anyone ever had evlt laser on their varicose veins?

Nope. Evlt uses heat to shut down the vein. This is much better than stripping. I do a similar procedure with rf radiofrequency. The rf is not as hot in your leg, 100 degrees vs 700 dgrees or so. Now you know one of the reasons I prefer rf. They both work well and are well tolerated. Check out www. Vnus. Com.
Many have. Somewhere between 200 and 250 thousand people will have an evlt procedure for their varicose veins in the us this year. As dr. Grover mentioned, evlt is very similar to the rf procedure. Rf will probably account for another 150, 000 varicose vein treatments in the us in 2012. They are equally effective and equally safe and well tolerated. They have almost completely replaced vein stripping.
EVLT Very Common RX. Evlt is one of the most common treatment performed for varicose vein disease in the us today, with several hundred thousand procedures performed annually. It has almost completely replaced the procedure known as vein stripping. It is an endovenous vein treatment for diseased variocse veins of the legs and has a 98% success rate. It is performed in a doctors office ; has minimal pain ; recovery.

In evlt, laser on the varicose veins, can any bad things happen?

Certainly possible, But very unlikely. The things that do happen after evlt is that you will have minor discomfort that Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) takes care of. You will get a little normal bruising that goes away in 2 weeks or less. A tight, pulling or stretching feeling over the treated vein is common. Blood clots are very rare, as are infections, skin burns, skin discoloration, and numbness from nerve damage.
Complications possib. Evlt is a minimally-invasive alternative to stripping used to treat certain kinds of varicose veins. While it has an excellent safety regard, and is highly effective, complications are possible. The most common complications are temporary and not worrisome, such as bruising, pain, and temporarily localized numbness. More serious complications are rare, and include blood clots and infection.
Unfortunately yes. Small risk of blood clots in deep veins called DVT which requires blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) for treatment. Very small risk of infection. Rare risk of skin burn from laser. Procedure is very safe and works well.
Rarely in Good Hands. If you are being treated by a board-certified vascular surgeon who has extensive training & experience in using EVLT laser, the risks of complications are very low. The most common risks including blood clots, phlebitis, thermal nerve injury, skin discoloration, skin burns, or damage to deeper veins. All of these risks can be kept very low by using proper and careful technique.