Oftentimes, a long segment of vein, such as the great saphenous vein, refluxes (or becomes faulty). In this case, we can perform a procedure called Endovenous Laser Thermal Ablation or EVLT.
EVLT is a highly effective procedure that eliminates large, painful varicose veins. This minimally- invasive, ultrasound guided procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and uses a laser to create just the right amount of heat to shrink the vein. After the vein shrinks, the body automatically routes the blood through other healthy veins.
This procedure is performed in-office, and takes approximately 2 hours from start to finish. After the procedure, a prescription strength compression stocking must be worn for a short time. However, you’ll be able to resume most normal activities almost immediately. There is virtually no scarring from the procedure because the incision to insert the catheter is only a few millimeters in length.