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Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) of Varicose Veins

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Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
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What is EVLT Endovenous Laser Treatment?

EVLT stands for Endovenous Laser Treatment aka EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation). EVLT is a 30 minute, non-surgical, outpatient procedure that is performed with a relaxing medication and local anesthesia for closure of abnormal varicose veins.

Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz has performed over 7,000 successful EVLT procedures since it was FDA approved in 2002.

EVLT is comfortable outpatient treatment for varicose veins that is performed in 30 minutes and has a 97-99% success rate.

Patients experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure, no scarring, and no downtime.

Until recently, the only successful treatment option for large, painful, varicose veins in the leg was surgical vein stripping, general anesthesia, a long painful recovery period, and the risk of unsightly scars on the legs.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) aka Endovenous Laser Ablation EVLA was FDA approved in 2002 and has entirely replaced the need for painful surgical stripping of large, varicose veins in the legs.

Will EVLT treatment of my varicose veins be covered by my insurance plan?

Yes. The EVLT procedure is covered by most insurance companies because it is only performed out of medical necessity.

What Treatments are Available for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) aka Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
  • Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Radiofrequency Closure (VNUS)
  • Microphlebectomy

How does EVLT work?

During the EVLT procedure, an ultrasound is used to map the veins and guide placement of a thin, sterile, laser fiber into the abnormal Saphenous vein in the leg. After applying tumescent anesthesia to numb the vein, laser energy is used to close the vein at the precise origin of the problem. The blood is immediately re-directed to the healthier deep veins in the leg.

The body naturally reabsorbs the treated vein. As we reduce the pressure coming from these abnormal large veins, it allows the unsightly branches close to the surface to shrink and fade away.

This results in beautiful, healthier legs with improved circulation.

There is no post-operative scarring and patients usually notice improvement in symptoms within one to two weeks. Many patients report symptomatic improvement the first night after they are treated.

What are the Advantages of EVLT in treating Varicose veins?

  • 45 minute, outpatient procedure
  • No general anesthesia
  • lower risk of complications
  • 97-98% success rate
  • Short recovery time
  • patients resume normal activities same day
  • Covered by most insurance plans

Common symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins

In addition to being unattractive and embarrassing, varicose veins are a chronic progressive disease that, left untreated, causes venous hypertension and chronic venous insufficiency. Varicose veins are sometimes asymptomatic. However, varicose veins and venous insufficiency can cause medical problems such as:

  • Leg swelling
  • Leg Pain, Leg discomfort
  • Leg aching, heaviness, fatigue
  • Leg Throbbing, burning, itching
  • Restless legs syndrome, Leg cramping
  • Inflammation of the leg veins (phlebitis)
  • Abnormal discoloration, stasis dermatitis
  • Leg ulcers
  • Deep Vein thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Pulmonary Embolism

How Long will it take for my varicose veins and spider veins to disappear?

Fading of the veins gradually occurs over a period of several weeks depending on patient’s age and severity of vein disease.

How many treatments are needed for my spider veins and varicose veins to disappear?

The number of treatment sessions for varicose veins and spider veins depends on the severity of vein disease and the desired cosmetic result. Most people require between two to six treatments to see a 75-90 % improvement in the appearance and symptoms of their spider veins and varicose veins.

Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz specializes in state-of-the-art non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and spider veins on the legs, hands, body and face. Varicose and spider vein treatments include the latest techniques in sclerotherapy, Foam sclerotherapy, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), Ultrasound-Guided sclerotherapy, and Intense Pulsed Light. If you have unsightly varicose veins or spider veins please call today for your initial vein evaluation at The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center.

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For more information on EVLT, call 850.233.0264 to schedule an appointment.

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