Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT, or sometimes referred to as EVLT) is a quick, minimally invasive laser treatment that requires no hospitalization and no complicated surgery.
The entire procedure, from start to finish, takes about 1 hour and there is very minimal to no pain. Another advantage of treating varicose veins with Endovenous Laser Treatment is that it can be covered by most insurance plans and medicare.
How does it work?
With ELT, a small optic fiber is inserted through a needle into the varicose vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser is activated and, as the optic fiber is removed from the vein, it heats and closes the vein. Once the vein is closed, the blood that was circulating through the vein is naturally re-routed to other healthy veins. Over time, the varicose vein is absorbed by the body.
Before & After
This means that the average ELT patient will require Sclerotherapy in conjunction with ELT to treat the smaller veins.
Our refined use of Sclerotherapy, combined with ELT, allows us to meet the needs of all patients from the smallest spider vein to the largest ropelike varicose vein.
It's important to understand that ELT cannot treat veins that are too small, too tortuous, and/or too close to the surface of the skin due to laser fiber size and flexibility requirements.
Watch - Dr. Mike McCormick performs Vein Laser (EVLT) for Varicose Veins
Choosing a Treatment Provider
It is essential for a patient to choose a vascular treatment provider who is equally skilled in Endovenous Laser Ablation and Sclerotherapy to ensure complete, satisfactory and long-term results.