EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT(r)) is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that works by eliminating bulging veins at their source. Targeted laser energy closes the problem vein, helping you to quickly look and feel better. Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, you can resume normal activity immediately with very few restrictions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the EVLT(r) procedure work?
The procedure lasts about an hour, and is performed using injections of lidocaine, a numbing agent. A very small laser fiber is threaded into the vein. The energy from the laser closes the vein, causing the blood to divert to other, healthy veins.
How much recovery time should I plan following the EVLT(r) procedure?
You will be able to resume most normal daily activities immediately, with the exception of a few things like heavy lifting and vigorous aerobic workouts.
Are there other ways to treat varicose veins?
Until this procedure, the most common way to treat bulging, twisted veins was vein stripping, which is an invasive surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and leaves multiple scars. The EVLT(r) procedure is a less traumatic way to relieve the pain and discomfort of varicose veins.
Will my varicose veins totally disappear following the EVLT(r) procedure?
In most cases, there will be a significant reduction in the discomfort and visibility of the varicose veins. However, we do offer sclerotherapy for those patients who desire an even more dramatic cosmetic result following the procedure.
How do I know if the EVLT(r) procedure is for me?
Anyone who suffers from bulging and painful varicose veins should be evaluated to determine if this procedure would be a suitable treatment.
Doylestown Hospital participates with most major insurance companies. Some vein procedures may be covered by your insurance. Please check with your carrier to confirm your personal coverage.