Varicose Vein Treatment
EVLT® stands for EndoVenous Laser Treatment, a leading varicose vein treatment procedure from Diomed. It is simple, effective, and is the first choice of patients and physicians. The treatment takes less than an hour to eliminate varicose veins.
During the procedure, a laser is fired along and inside the varicose vein. The energy from the laser damages the vein walls, shrinking them closed to prevent blood from flowing through. Research shows a success rate of 93%-98% in individuals undergoing EVLT® varicose vein treatment (based on clinical data with up to five years of follow-up). This is much higher than the alternative treatments, including: injection sclerotherapy, radiofrequency, and surgical ligation and stripping. Due to its increased efficacy and lower morbidity, market researchers predict that endovenous laser treatment will be the new “gold standard.”
Like all other minimally invasive procedures, EVLT® can potentially result in some minor bruising, which usually goes away during the first several weeks. With EVLT®, you will feel a “pulling” sensation as well as delayed tightness about 4 to 7 days after the varicose vein treatment procedure is completed. These side effects are normal and are expected after a successful treatment procedure. During the procedure, you will be provided with special glasses to wear in order to protect your eyes. This is just a precaution against accidental laser energy firing outside an individual’s body.
When medically necessary for symptom relief, EVLT® is usually reimbursed by the majority of carriers, including Medicare – which limits cost for the patient. You should contact your insurer in order to obtain more details.