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Endovenous Laser Ablation

What is endovenous laser ablation?

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a safe, effective, and widely used method to treat diseased or damaged veins. This minimally invasive vein treatment, also known as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is approved by the FDA for the treatment of varicose veins.

The endovenous laser ablation procedure

After numbing the skin and the targeted vein, a very small catheter is inserted into the vein using precise ultrasound guidance. The tip of the catheter delivers heat, and as the catheter is carefully removed, the vein’s lining collapses. The process is performed until the entire vein has been closed. Your body will reroute the flow of blood to nearby healthy veins as the treated vein is slowly absorbed into the body.

Depending upon your individual needs, we may recommend laser vein ablation to improve the appearance of your legs or to prevent any further deterioration of damaged or diseased varicose veins.

The advantages of vein ablation

When compared to traditional vein-stripping procedures, the vein ablation procedure offers most patients a number of benefits:

  • The vein can be treated with the laser in just a few minutes.
  • No general anesthesia is required.
  • The procedure is done in-office so no hospital stay is needed.
  • The majority of patients experience instant relief.
  • Recovery time is minimal.
  • There is no scarring or large incisions.
  • Insurance companies often reimburse a percentage of the treatment cost.

Venous ablation procedures allow patients to get back to their daily routines within a day. A few patients may have minor discomfort following the procedure but generally no lasting effects.

Vein ablation for restless legs syndrome

At Coastal Vein Vascular Institute, endovenous laser ablation is used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS), a disorder that causes an urge to the move the legs. Ninety percent of patients who have vein disease and also experience RLS report significant improvement in their RLS symptoms after this advanced procedure.

Contact our vascular specialists.

The physicians at Coastal Vein Vascular Institute are board-certified in Interventional Radiology and can treat a broad range of vascular issues that may affect our patients’ quality of life. We invite you to contact us today to schedule an appointment for a personal evaluation.

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