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Endovenous Laser Therapy

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Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive treatment alternative to surgical vein stripping. It's performed by Jefferson Health's interventional radiologists to help reduce the pain and severity of varicose veins.

Up to 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men are affected by varicose veins. They are believed to develop for a variety of reasons, with heredity being the most common factor. Women are more likely to have varicose veins due to hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills, estrogen and progesterone. Other factors include aging, jobs requiring long-periods of standing, obesity and leg injuries.

What Does EVLT Involve?

During EVLT, your doctor will insert a small laser fiber through a needle into the damaged vein. The laser will deliver heat to the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and shut down. This closure allows blood to travel to other veins. 

The procedure is completed within an hour, under local anesthesia. Your doctor will place a compression stocking on the treated leg. Immediately following the procedure, you will be encouraged to walk for 20. There is no down time following the procedure. Any mild discomfort will subside in one to two days following treatment.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (800-533-5669) or