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Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)--New, Advanced Treatment

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic

EVLT, which radically changed and improved treatment options for varicose veins, was pioneered by Drs. Robert Min and Luis Navarro in 1999. Clinical data collected since the procedure was introduced shows success rates of 93 to 98 percent—significantly higher than traditional (and painful) vein stripping surgery.

EVLT is an ultrasound-guided laser procedure for treating varicose veins. Unlike previous treatment options, EVLT cures varicose veins without painful surgery, scarring, or prolonged recovery time, and you can resume normal activities as soon as you leave the clinic. In fact, walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Only rigorous activities such as gym workouts are off limits, and then only for a week or two. Best of all, EVLT can be performed in a doctor's office in an hour or two.

After applying a local numbing agent, the doctor makes a tiny puncture in the leg above the affected vein and inserts a delicate laser fiber. Referring to images on an ultrasound screen (which you can also watch if you wish), the doctor positions the fiber into the affected vein and delivers laser energy through the fiber to seal the faulty vein. He then removes the laser fiber, which causes the vein to close as the fiber is gradually withdrawn and the procedure is complete. The body naturally reroutes blood through the many other healthy veins in the leg, so circulation is actually improved. By closing off the diseased vein and preventing the "back flow" of venous blood, circulation not only improves, but symptoms disappear and the appearance of your legs is noticeably enhanced. The treated veins slump and soon disintegrate.

EVLT provides immediate relief from leg discomfort and unsightly bulging veins. Most people report little or no pain associated with the treatment. After the procedure, you might experience slight bruising, which commonly disappears within the first few weeks, and a sensation of tightness, which disappears soon days after treatment. These possible minor discomforts are relieved with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

View the EVLT treatment procedure here.

Key Benefits of Endovenous Laser Therapy

  • Specialized comfort Set in the warm, welcoming environment of the Rocky Mountain Vein Clinics.
  • No hospitalization Outpatient procedure with minimal discomfort and scarring.
  • Swift recovery Most normal activities can be resumed the same day. Only rigorous activities such as gym workouts are off limits, and then only for a couple of weeks.
  • No general anesthesia Local numbing agents are only used.
  • Fast procedure Treatment takes an hour or two.
  • Immediate relief of symptoms No more leg discomfort and unsightly bulging veins!
  • Extremely safe and effective Over 93% success rate.
  • Affordable Covered by most insurance policies.

Who might not be a good candidate for EVLT treatment?

Patients should wait at least three months after pregnancy or major surgery before undergoing EVLT. People with deep vein thrombosis (clotting), or individuals who are not ambulatory may not be good candidates for EVLT. However, all cases are unique, so we suggest that you call RMVC to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bo Johnson.

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) Procedure, Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic

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