Endovenous laser ablation or EVLA is a standard treatment option for varicose vein issues. In recent years it has emerged as one of the top treatment options based on its effectiveness, affordability, and results. Many of our patients have gotten great results using this option.
When considering any medical procedure, it’s natural to be nervous and to have questions. We thought it might be helpful to answer some of the most common questions about EVLA that we get. If you don’t find the answers you need here, book a consultation to talk to our doctors in person.
- How does EVLA work? Using ultrasound guidance, your doctor will insert a thin laser fiber into the vein. The heat and light from this laser will cause the offending vein to contract, which obliterates the damaged parts of the vein and blockages. The procedure is relatively quick, usually taking an hour or two. This technique requires great skill and experience. Our doctors have been practicing this technique for many years and can provide excellent results for their patients.
- Does it hurt? We do our best to make sure your experience is pain-free. We offer sedation and local anesthesia to help mitigate the pain. Your vitals are carefully monitored throughout the whole procedure, and supplemental oxygen will be given. After treatment, you may feel sore and achy for a few days or up to two weeks. Over the counter pain relievers are often useful for managing your discomfort.
- How long does recovery take? Recovery after EVLA is quick. You’ll be up and walking that same day. Walking will be part of your home care instructions. Use ice packs on the injection sites for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. You’ll also be asked to wear compression stockings for a week or two. It may be longer, depending on the severity of your condition. Light activity is the best way to keep your blood flowing, but we recommend you avoid running, jumping, or lifting anything substantial for two weeks. You’ll also have to avoid hot baths and keep your incision sites out of water for at least 48 hours.
- Is there a chance of complications? Complications from EVLA treatment are rare. Most patients experience minor temporary pain and swelling. You’ll want to get checked out if you spot redness, warmth, or fluid leaking at the incision site. It could be a sign of infection. Also, watch for signs of new swelling or if your swelling continues to get worse.
- Will it work? EVLA treatment may not be a permanent fix for your varicose veins issues. Some patients do experience recurring problems, but most find that their results last. It’s important to remember that varicose veins are recurring. Research has consistently shown that EVLA is highly effective for the treatment of varicose veins.
Every patient’s needs are unique. That’s why you should always choose the option that is best for you. Our doctors have performed numerous treatments to deliver exceptional results to patients. They will thoroughly explain each option to you and help you pick what works best for your body. If you have questions, please book an appointment to see what our team can do.