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The Benefits of Vein Ablation

Vein Ablation Varicose Vein Treatment
Written by Dr. Gesner

This procedure goes by a number of names—endovenous thermal ablation, laser therapy, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and endovenous laser ablation therapy (EVLT) among them—but regardless of how it’s referred to, it is one of the safest and most widely used methods for treating damaged or diseased veins. For many patients, it’s the best alternative to other techniques for removing these veins.

About Endovenous Laser Ablation

One of the most common uses of EVLA is the treatment of varicose veins. Our veins have one-way valves in them that push the blood along and keep it from pooling or even flowing backward. When a valve becomes weakened, the vein can become enlarged and twisted or raised. EVLA can alleviate the aching, cramping, heaviness and restless legs caused by varicose veins.

Laser ablation is a minimally invasive treatment. It uses laser energy to close the vein and, because no large incisions are needed, it doesn’t leave unsightly scars.

The physician performing the procedure is aided by precise ultrasound guidance as a very thin tube, known as a catheter, is inserted into the vein. A laser fiber is inserted into the tube, which is used to deliver laser energy into the vein and seal it shut.

In addition to varicose vein treatment, venous ablation may also be beneficial for patients who suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS), leg aches and pain, and other discomfort caused by venous conditions or diseases.

The Benefits of EVLA

This safe, effective procedure is very popular for a number of reasons, including:

  • Unlike some other treatment methods, EVLA results in the permanent removal of varicose veins in nearly all patients.
  • EVLA for varicose veins is usually covered by insurance plans, since the condition may be considered a medical concern. All patients should check with their insurance companies prior to scheduling treatment.
  • The majority of patients experience instant relief after the treatment.
  • No general anesthesia or hospital stay is necessary.
  • According to the National Institutes of Health, endovenous techniques for venous disease have low rates of complication compared to ligation, vein stripping, and other methods, making them very desirable treatment options for patients who suffer from venous reflux.

Contact us for more information.

Our board-certified interventional radiologists are trained in ultrasound-assisted minimally invasive vascular techniques and will develop a treatment plan customized to your individual needs. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free vascular analysis, please contact us.

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