EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment) – The no-surgery, no-scar way to treat Varicose Veins
The EVLT® procedure is simple and effective. It takes less than an hour at the Varicosis, Cosmetic and Laser Center to eliminate varicose veins and get our patients back to their everyday activities right away. With a success rate of up to 98% and minimal side effects, EVLT® is the new gold standard in varicose vein treatment. Dr. Parish has been performing EVLT since 2001 and was one of the first physicians to pioneer EVLT. Dr. Parrish performs EVLT along with ambulatory phlebectomy for optimum cosmetic results.
· What does EVLT® stand for?
· How does the procedure actually work?
· Is loss of this vein a problem?
· What are the side-effects and complications of this procedure?
· Am I at risk from the laser?
· What are the alternatives to this treatment?
· How successful is EVLT®?
· How much does it cost?
What does EVLT® stand for?
EndoVenous Laser Treatment
How does the procedure actually work?
A laser fiber is gently fired inside and along the length of your faulty, varicose vein. The laser energy damages the vein walls, shrinking them closed so that blood can no longer flow through.
Is loss of this vein a problem?
No. There are many veins in the leg and after treatment the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to normal veins with functional valves. The resulting increase in circulation will significantly relieve symptoms and improve appearance.
Am I at Risk from The Laser?
You will be given a pair of special glasses to wear to protect your eyes; however this is just a precaution against accidental firing of laser energy outside the body.
What are the alternatives to this treatment?
Surgery (called ‘Ligation & Stripping’) is the traditional treatment, but it can be quite painful and often has a long recovery time. It is performed in a hospital, involves general anesthesia, leaves a scar, and has a fairly high recurrence rate (on average 10-25%). Other alternatives include ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (injection therapy) and radio frequency electrosurgery. Dr. Parish will go over all of the alternative treatments for varicose veins and will give you a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
How successful is EVLT®?
Clinical data with up to 5 years of follow-up show success rates of 93-98%.
How much does it cost?
EVLT®, when medically necessary (e.g., for relief of symptoms), is commonly reimbursed by most carriers. The Varicosis, Cosmetic and Laser Center is a Blue Cross Blue Shield provider and will submit necessary documentation for insurance coverage for EVLT.