September 21, 2018

Endovenous Laser Therapy for Varicose Veins: A Quick Overview

Varicose veins, for the uninitiated, are swollen and raise blood vessels that are usually found on the legs and can be seen through the surface of the skin. Patients with varicose veins often need to wear supporting hose, which helps in dealing with the many sensations caused by the condition, such as tiredness, pain and cramps. Today, it is possible to treat varicose veins with a laser. Simply called EVLA or EVLT, Endovenous Laser Therapy is one of the newer ways to treat varicose veins without opting for surgery. Here are some of the important things you need to know.

How does Endovenous Laser Therapy work?

Unlike surgery, Endovenous Laser Therapy uses a laser that heats the targeted veins, which helps in destroying it. The dead tissues are then absorbed by the body naturally. The process is a simple one and can be completed in a clinic. Almost anyone with such condition is considered for EVLA, because the treatment is safe and doesn’t have many side effects. The treatment starts with an ultrasound scan, following which the problematic veins are marked. In most cases, a local anesthetic may be used. A catheter is next used, through which the laser fiber is inserted. Next laser is applied for about five minutes, which helps in destroying the vein. If just the legs are being treated, it shouldn’t take more than 20 to 30 minutes for each session, each leg.

After the treatment

Generally, doctors ask patients not to drive immediately after Endovenous Laser Therapy, but one can go back to normal life and work on the same day.  Stockings must be used for a given time, so it is not allowed to wet the area. There can be some pain, for which your doctor will recommend certain anti-inflammatory medications for relief.

Other things to know

EVLA treatment involves use of different lasers, but most work in the same way. There is only a difference in the brand of laser, as some are known to cause much lesser pain than those previously used. Patients who opt for EVLA treatment just to get relief from the symptoms associated with varicose veins don’t need additional treatment for that reason, but patients may choose to go for additional treatment to improve the appearance of such veins. It should be noted that the purpose of EVLA is to reduce the symptoms first and not offer cosmetic benefits. If the latter is something you are more worried about, talk to your doctor about it

After the treatment, there can be a bit of bruising, which usually subsides in like four to six weeks, but there isn’t any scarring. Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment has been effective in more than 90% of the cases so far. Heavy exercise should be avoided for at least two to three days after the procedure, and it is important to wear compression stockings for at least two weeks or as recommended by your doctor. Take an appointment with a known clinic to know more.