Endovenous Laser Treatment(EVLT)
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is one of the latest treatments for varicose veins and comes highly recommended to patients across Melbourne. It is offered as an alternative to traditional surgical vein “stripping” procedures, with the advantages of being more effective, less painful, and requiring less downtime. EVLT utilises both ultrasound and laser technology to optimise varicose vein treatment – this makes it one of the most technologically advanced treatments available at Vein Care.
Endovenous Laser Treatment Procedure
EVLT involves the use of local anaesthetic for the affected area. After anaesthetic is applied, ultrasound guidance is used to insert a laser fibre into the abnormal vein. The laser is then activated, and the fibre is drawn through the length of the vein, causing it to seal.
The total treatment time takes approximately 1.5 hours. After treatment, compression stockings are required.
The success rate for EVLT over a 3-5-year period is over 90-percent, which makes it a highly recommended option for our patients.
Adjacent abnormal veins are typically treated with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy or ambulatory phlebectomy.
There is minimal discomfort during the procedure, as it is performed under a local aesthetic.
Is It Suitable for You?
Endovenous laser treatment is a relatively new treatment option for varicose vein management, but it is not appropriate for all cases. To determine your suitability for EVLT treatment, it is required that you discuss this option with our expert medical staff during a consultation. During the consultation, we will help relieve you of any worries you may have regarding the procedure by going through each step of the laser treatment, which also includes aftercare management so you can get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.