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What is Endovenous Laser Treatment?

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins and venous insufficiency. EVLA utilises laser energy to close and seal the afflicted veins from within. In general, EVLA is regarded as a safe and efficient treatment for varicose veins. It has several advantages over traditional vein stripping, including a shortened recovery period, minimal scarring, and a decreased risk of complications.

You can assess your unique condition and decide whether Endovenous laser treatment is necessary by speaking with a qualified specialist. They can give specific information on the procedure, any dangers, advantages, and expected results.

Is EVLA treatment effective for varicose veins?

Yes, Endovenous laser treatment (Endovenous Laser Ablation) is regarded as an effective treatment for varicose veins. Due to its efficacy and minimally invasive nature, it has become a popular and widely accepted alternative to conventional surgical procedures such as vein removal. It has been demonstrated that EVLA treatment has a high success rate in closing and treating varicose veins. The procedure is especially effective for saphenous veins, the most common underlying cause of varicose veins, which are larger, straighter veins.

Is EVLA treatment suitable for all types of varicose veins?

The EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) procedure is predominantly intended to treat saphenous vein reflux, a common cause of varicose veins. However, it may not be appropriate for all varicose vein varieties. The suitability of EVLA depends on several factors, including the veins’ size, location, and underlying cause.

How Does endovenous laser treatment work?

How many sessions of EVLA treatment are typically required?

Variables such as the severity of the varicose veins, the size and number of veins being treated, and the individual’s response to the procedure can affect the number of EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment sessions necessary. In many instances, a single EVLA session is sufficient to treat saphenous vein reflux and enhance the appearance of varicose veins. Nevertheless, additional treatment sessions may be required for optimal results, particularly if there are multiple veins or if the veins are particularly large or extensive.

How long does an endovenous laser treatment session typically take?

In general, an EVLA treatment session typically takes between 30 minutes to one hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patients typically experience minimal discomfort or pain during EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatments. Local anaesthesia is administered to numb the treatment area and further ensure the patient’s comfort.
Pain and discomfort, bruising and tenderness, edoema and inflammation, numbness or altered sensation, skin discoloration, skin burns or blisters, and blood clots are among the potential risks and side effects of EVLA.
The recovery period following EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment for varicose veins is typically shorter compared to conventional surgical procedures. Although individual experiences may differ, the majority of patients can anticipate a relatively rapid recovery.

Almost immediately after EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment, the majority of patients can resume normal activities. Unlike conventional surgical procedures for varicose veins, EVLA is a minimally invasive procedure that typically permits a speedier recovery.

The results of EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment for varicose veins are typically permanent, but it is important to note that new varicose veins can develop over time. While the treated vessels are effectively closed off during EVLA, the formation of new veins can be influenced by genetics, lifestyle choices, hormonal fluctuations, and ageing.
Pregnant women are not typically advised to undergo EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) therapy. During pregnancy, the body undergoes a number of hormonal and physiological changes that can contribute to the onset or exacerbation of varicose veins. However, EVLA treatment is typically postponed until after pregnancy and lactation have concluded.
Yes, EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment can be combined with other vein treatments, based on the particular requirements and characteristics of the varicose veins being treated. Combining therapies can improve outcomes and address multiple facets of vein disease.


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