in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Morgantown
Endo Vein Laser Treatment (EVLT) at Allegany Vein Clinic
Varicose veins can be the result of veins that succumb to pressure over time and become less effective at circulating blood. For many people, they become a cosmetic concern when they are visible through the skin. For others, they can become a circulatory problem and lead to pain and aching. Endo Venous Laser Treatment is one comprehensive option for those seeking non-surgical options.
What is EVLT?
Endo Venous Laser Treatment (EVLT) has revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins, especially large veins that, traditionally, required surgery. This therapy uses heat applied skillfully to the inside of the varicose vein, causing it to close. Without the gnarled, weakened vein continuing to collect blood, the vein dies and is absorbed into the body as waste. This treatment is highly effective and well-tolerated, usually resulting in minimal to no downtime.
EVLT is a minimally-invasive laser treatment that is performed in the privacy of our office by a board-certified interventional radiologist. From start to finish, the procedure takes about an hour to complete and is done completely under local anesthesia. EVLT is typically covered by most insurance plans— the best way to determine if EVLT is right for you is through a consultation with Allegany Vein Clinic.
How does EVLT work?
With EVLT, a small fiber-optic catheter is inserted through a needle (with ultrasound guidance) into the varicose vein. The catheter is brought to the desired location and the laser is activated. The catheter is then slowly withdrawn, heating the vein and causing it to close. The blood is naturally rerouted to healthy veins. EVLT is most useful for large, varicose veins; however, if the varicose vein is too small or too twisted, it may require sclerotherapy instead.
What are the side effects of EVLT?
Aside from some mild soreness that may last several days, there are very few side effects reported with EVLT. As with any minimally-invasive procedure, there are some small risks involved, which might include infection, bruising, swelling, and blood clots. Be sure to follow any post-procedure instructions given by Dr. Carpenter to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.
What is recovery like from EVLT?
Recovery after EVLT is uncomplicated and may require a day of rest, but you can generally return to your regular, non-athletic activities following the procedure. Compression stockings are required for 1-2 weeks after the treatment. It’s important to walk casually and regularly in the following days to ensure that blood circulation remains effective and uncompromised.
If you’re interested in learning more about Endo Venous Laser Treatment, contact our office in Cumberland to schedule a consultation.