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