Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) ComplicationsComplications from Endovenous Laser Treatment are minimal and so is the disruption to your lifestyle. EVLT is one of the latest treatment options for varicose veins as well as one of the most effective, replacing traditional surgical vein “stripping” procedures. The EVLT procedure is comparatively simple: guided by ultrasound, a laser fibre is inserted into the problem vein and activated, causing the vein to seal. Over a period of weeks, the sealed vein is naturally and safely absorbed into the body, restoring healthy look and feel.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) Complications

So, are there any complications that can result from EVLT varicose vein treatment? As with any health procedure, EVLT carries a risk of complications. However, these complications are not common and exceedingly mild. They may include:

  • Bruising of the treated leg
  • Pain in the leg
  • Skin ulceration (if operator touches skin accidentally on withdrawl of active fibre close to skin)
  • Numbness
  • Allergic reaction (to local anaesthesia very rare)
  • Thrombosis and pulmonary embolism ( Anticoagulant cover given which prevents it)


These complications are minor compared to those common to vein stripping procedures, which typically result in much greater pain, discomfort, need for recovery and elevated risk of blood clotting. EVLT is conducted under local anaesthetic with minimal discomfort; total treatment time is usually less than two hours, with very little recovery time required. The success rate for EVLT in treating varicose veins is 90% over a 3-5 year period.

Varicose Vein Treatments Melbourne

If you have tried vein stripping or other procedures and not been satisfied with the results, visit Vein Care for a consultation and find out your suitability for EVLT and other innovative varicose vein solutions. Vein Care is a Melbourne varicose vein treatment leader, with an experienced and skilled staff of doctors, nurses and technicians specially trained in the most effective varicose vein treatments. We offer hi-tech solutions that other providers cannot, with more comfort and a greater rate of success. Do not suffer in pain, contact us today so we can help you enjoy the quality of life you deserve.