Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that uses laser energy to collapse and eliminate problem veins. After making a small puncture wound in the leg, a catheter is inserted through the skin to penetrate the targeted vein. Ultrasound technology helps Dr. Fisher guide the catheter into place and ensures a precise and effective
treatment. Once the catheter is in place, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein to emit thermal energy to the vein walls. The heat supplied by the laser fiber causes the interior structure of the vein to collapse, allowing the body to absorb the damaged vein and safely redirect blood flow.
EVLA is performed under local anesthesia and provides immediate results in just one session. The length of the procedure is generally about one hour but ultimately depends on the number of deep veins and varicose veins targeted for removal.
As a minimally invasive treatment, EVLA allows patients to return to work the day after their appointment and resume exercise in as little as one week. The procedure is completed in our surgery suite, and patients can walk immediately following treatment and return to work.
Side effects include mild bruising, tightness and tenderness for one to two weeks. Compression garments will need to be worn for about one to two weeks following treatment to add extra support to the legs as they work to redirect blood flow and improve circulation. With this advanced and effective procedure, downtime is minimized, and patients can eliminate their varicose veins with little disruption to their daily lives.