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Common Questions Regarding Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT).

Common Questions Regarding Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT).

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


Over the last decade modern medicine has made significant advancements to the treatment of varicose veins. Not only are treatments offered in comfortable clinic settings, the effectiveness has full recovery upwards of 98% - i.e. meaning your varicosities will not come back. While there are many treatments offered that offer very similar results, one treatment that has shown some of the best results for treating underlying varicose vein disease is known as Endovenous Laser Therapy, or EVLT for short.

Before most patients seek vein treatment, they want to understand the treatment a bit more by asking some general questions regarding the procedure itself. We have taken the time to list out some of the most common questions asked regarding EVLT. Here are our patients top questions:

Is EVLT painful?

Although individual responses vary, most people report little to no pain associated with EVLT. Often the only sensation is felt during the delivery of anesthetic to the leg. After the procedure you may feel some tenderness, tingling, itching or tightness in the treated leg, which should disappear within a month.

How does Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) work?

Previously, treatment of painful, swollen varicose veins required a surgical procedure called vein stripping, where the vein was completely removed from the leg. More recently, EVLT has been developed to treat chronic venous insufficiency by delivering laser energy through a small puncture in the leg to close the diseased vein.

With EVLT, no surgery is required, and the entire procedure can be performed typically in less than one hour. During the procedure, you are awake and your leg is anesthetized. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the greater saphenous vein in your thigh. Laser energy emits through the fiber and into the vein, causing the vein to close.

How successful is EVLT?

Clinical results have been published which document the success of EVLT. EVLT has an efficacy rate of nearlly 99% - meaning your varicose veins will not return if treated properly.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You should expect to see some bruising along the treatment site as the vein disappears, which is normal and should gradually go away within a month. You also may feel some tenderness, tingling, itching or tightness in your leg during the first two weeks following the procedure. If you experience significant pain, contact your treating physician.

How can I get more information on varicose veins?

More information on the causes and treatments of varicose veins Download our Free Patient Guide To Varicose Veins!

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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and successfully treated patients from many towns including Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own research and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Vein Specialist.

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