Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided procedure that is used to treat varicose veins. The procedure makes use of laser energy to close off the varicose vein.
Furthermore, EVLT is a highly safe and reliable procedure. With a success rate of 90%, the endovenous laser treatment has provided relief for a lot of patients experiencing pain or discomfort from varicose veins.
Who is Eligible to Undergo the Procedure?
Patients with varicose veins are eligible for EVLT. You may need to schedule an appointment with the doctor to determine if you are a candidate. The physician will diagnose the condition of your vein using an ultrasound exam.
Endovenous Laser Treatment Procedure
After the leg is prepped, we then administer a local anesthetic to the skin so that the patient does not feel the catheter being inserted into the varicose vein. This is immediately followed by inserting the laser probe into the catheter. Additional anesthetic is then administered around the vein before activating the laser. The laser is then activated which then closes off the varicose vein. After the procedure, blood will be re-routed into the healthy veins in the leg.
Recovery – What to Expect After the Procedure
Once the procedure is completed, the leg is dressed and a compression stocking is applied around the treated area. You should begin walking immediately after the procedure. We will provide instructions for this to you. Maximum, complete healing can take up to 2 weeks. Hence, wait until two weeks before using the leg for any strenuous activity.
Does Insurance Cover EVLT?
The majority of insurance carriers (including Medicare) cover EVLT. However, the insurance provider will only cover the cost of the procedure if it is considered medically necessary.
Contact Us Today!
For more information about Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), contact us today at Texas Vein Health. Dr. Vijay S. Ramanath will be available to diagnose your condition and determine if EVLT is ideal for you.