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How does the evlt procedure treat varicose veins?
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Craig Schwartz
Dr. Craig Schwartz
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Evlt
It seals the vein with laser energy

In brief: Evlt
It seals the vein with laser energy
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Landi
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