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

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ted King
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