EVLT Closure Procedure
EVLT stands for endovenous laser treatment – a minimally invasive alternative to surgical stripping used to treat damaged veins quickly and effectively.
Before the EVLT procedure, the damaged vein path is mapped out using ultrasound. The procedure itself begins after the patient is placed under oral sedation. A small insertion is made in the leg, usually around the knee. A catheter is then used to insert laser fiber into the varicose vein.
Using a targeted beam of laser energy, the diseased vein is quickly and safely sealed shut, diverting blood flow to the surrounding, healthy veins.
The procedure usually takes about an hour. You will be encouraged to walk around a bit immediately afterwards to get your blood flowing and reduce the risk of complications. Some bruising and swelling may occur, but these conditions are alleviated with the proper use of bandages and compression stockings for one to two weeks after the procedure.
Endovenous laser treatment has a 93% success rate and patients typically resume normal activities within one day.