Endovenous Laser Therapy
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a non-invasive treatment for larger veins. Laser energy delivered through a small puncture in the leg is used to treat the diseased vein. Guided by ultrasound, a tiny optic fiber laser is inserted through a needle into the varicose vein. The laser heats and closes the vein, allowing blood to be naturally re-routed to other healthy veins. EVLT is often performed in conjunction with sclerotherapy to treat the smaller veins.
There is no surgery or hospitalization, and only a local anesthetic is applied. The procedure is performed in the office in about an hour. Normally, patients resume regular activity within a day. Most insurance plans and Medicare cover Endovenous Laser Therapy.
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