Endovenous Laser Treatment
The physicians and staff of Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates are recognized throughout greater central Ohio as leaders in the treatment of varicose veins using the endovenous laser treatment (EVLT or ELVES) technique. This very effective procedure is used to effectively treat large veins such as the Greater Saphenous, as well as Small Saphenous veins.
Dr. LaPerna Discusses EVLT on “Daytime Columbus”
Great Saphenous Vein
Venous reflux (faulty valves) in veins, like the Great and Small Saphenous, actually interferes with the normal venous return of blood. Closing or removing these areas using EVLT improves venous circulation as blood is diverted to normal veins with functional valves. The resulting improvement in venous circulation significantly relieves symptoms and improves appearance.
A significant advantage of using EVLT is its short healing time for the treated vein. Additional advantages include:
- High success rate (98%)
- Short procedure time (approximately 60-90 minutes)
- No scarring
- No hospitalization
- Lower risk of complications
- Fast return to normal activities (normally 1-2 days)
- Reimbursable by most health insurance plans
EVLT involves the insertion of a Fibre-optic probe into the offending vein (Dr. Eric Dolen, Dr. Lucy LaPerna, Dr. Kevin McGraw, Dr. Joddi Neff and Dr. Jeff Silber prefer to use the “gold tip” VenaCure EVLT™ system). When the laser light is turned on, the vein is heated along its length to seal down on itself. The successfully closed vein will eventually be absorbed by the body and the blood is automatically routed to other veins.
Dr. Silber Discusses EVLT on “Daytime Columbus”
After treatment, the appearance of the abnormal vein is instantly improved with minimal to no scarring (see Before and After Before and After Before and After Before and After ). There may be some slight swelling and minimal bruising around the treatment site. However, once that subsides, you will see a significant difference in the appearance of your legs. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure, and typically resume normal activity within only a few days of the procedure (ask your physician when it is safe to resume rigorous activities). Residual surface varicose and spider veins are treated with sclerotherapy within weeks following the EVLT.
Side effects to EVLT include some slight bruising, which commonly disappears within the first few weeks. There may also be a delayed tightness (or “pulling” sensation) 4-7 days after treatment which is normal and expected following a successful treatment. Some patients may experience temporary soreness, which can be treated effectively with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers and should subside within the first 5 days.
In less than the time it takes to watch a movie, you can get rid of the source of your varicose veins. To schedule a consultation with the Varicose Vein Specialists of Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates, call 740-201-0222.