Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous laser ablation was pioneered in 2003, and it has the distinction of being the first viable alternative to surgical treatments for chronic venous insufficiency.
About Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
After the endovenous laser ablation procedure, the accumulated blood is rerouted into healthier leg veins. This rapidly improves blood circulation in your legs. Finally, your leg is wrapped in an ace bandage for up to 48 hours and you have to wear compression stockings for a week. Endovenous laser treatment has a success rate exceeding 90%.
How does Endovenous Laser Ablation Work?
You’ll be asked to remain hydrated and avoid caffeine on the day of your endovenous laser ablation. Once you lie down in a comfortable position, our medical personnel will clean and prepare your legs for the treatment.
What are the Side Effects of Endovenous Laser Ablation?
- Bruising (common)
- Minor stiffness (common)
- Temporary soreness (common)
- Temporary numbness (rare)
- Recurrence of vein disease (rare)
- Infection (very rare)
- Deep vein thrombosis (very rare)
What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Endovenous Laser Ablation?
The advantages of endovenous laser ablation for spider veins and varicose veins include:
- Mild to moderate discomfort after the treatment
- No risk of skin discoloration
- No scars and marks
- Concludes within an hour
- No post-treatment downtime
The disadvantages of endovenous laser ablation for spider veins and varicose veins include:
- You must avoid strenuous workouts for a week
- More post-treatment discomfort than radiofrequency ablation
- Must be performed using needles
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