Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Varicose veins form when long segments of vein weakens and blood pools causing it to bulge and twist under the skin. Individuals living with varicose veins may feel embarrassed about they way they look and often experience pain. Endovenous Laser Treatment, or EVLT, is one of the most common and effective treatments for varicose veins. This state-of-the-art treatment is far less invasive and has shorter recovery time than vein stripping, which was the primary procedure prescribed prior to EVLT.
At Advanced Vein Therapy in Boise we perform our Endovenous Laser Treatments in our office allowing patients to feel comfortable and cared for. During the treatment a thin fiber is inserted into the vein and a wave of light is emitted through it, delivering a small amount of light energy into the vein. This causes the vein to close and seal. Blood that was unable to move efficiently through the vein prior to the procedure is then rerouted automatically to healthier veins deep within the tissue. The old vein is absorbed into the tissue and disappears over time, leaving patients with skin that is more youthful and healthy looking.
What to expect with your first treatment
- The Visit: After an initial consultation where you discuss your treatment plan with one of our highly qualified physicians, our staff will carefully prepare your leg, perform the procedure, wrap your leg, and then discuss your post care instructions. The entire process takes approximately two hours.
- Pain Management: A local anesthetic is administered to reduce any discomfort you might feel during your procedure. Some experience a tiny pinching sensation at the injection sight. Additional anesthetic may be given around the vein to minimize discomfort if needed. Once you are comfortable, a fiber is inserted into the vein, which is not usually felt. There may be some aching, tenderness and bruising after the treatment is done, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. You might also feel some “pulling” or tight sensations within the vein. This is normal as your body heals and absorbs the vein.
- Aftercare: If you choose to take an anti-anxiety medication in office you will need to have someone available to drive you home after your treatment. Compression socks should be worn for up to two weeks post procedure as healing continues. After treatment, patients are asked to drink plenty of water in an effort to hydrate the veins around the affected area. Walking is encouraged and you can resume sports activities and heavy lifting after two weeks. Work and sexual activity can resume when you feel comfortable and you should avoid driving long distances or flying for the first week. If travel is necessary, elevate the leg as much as possible and wear compression stockings.