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Endovenous Laser Therapy

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Endovenous Laser Therapy

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive technique to treat varicose veins. It is performed at the Jefferson Vein Treatment Practice by Jefferson Health's Interventional Radiologists to close the abnormal vein leading to painful or visible varicose veins. Elimination of these veins helps reduce the pain and severity of varicose veins.

Our physicians are among the nation’s leaders in advancement of this technique. The procedure is performed in a new and modern outpatient office with only local anesthetic, little to no pain or scarring and a short recovery period. The procedure takes about 1 hour and patients are asked to walk immediately after the procedure and resume most of their normal activities.

Up to 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men are affected by varicose veins. They develop for a variety of reasons, but primarily result from failure of one-way valves in the leg veins leading to flow reversal towards the feet and increased pressure in the veins.

Over time, this causes the veins to dilate and elongate making them visible as varicose or spider veins. Many factors including family history, multiple pregnancies, prolonged standing or sitting, obesity and increasing age predispose to the development of varicose veins.

 

What Does EVLT Involve?

During the EVLT procedure, your doctor will sterilize your leg and insert a small catheter and laser fiber into the vein that needs to be treated using ultrasound guidance. When the laser is turned on, it will deliver heat to the vein, which causes the vein to be permanently closed. After closing this vein, blood is re-routed to other normal veins.

The Venaseal procedure is a novel development in vein care allowing for vein closure without the use of heat from the laser. Similar to EVLT, your doctor will sterilize your leg and insert a small catheter into the vein that needs to be treated using ultrasound guidance. Once the tip of the catheter is appropriately positioned, small drops of glue will be delivered along the length of the abnormal vein while the catheter is withdrawn to the entry site. After closing the vein, blood is again re-routed to other normal veins.

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