Sometimes, well-meaning friends say that you should “learn to live with” varicose veins or insist that they’re “not that bad.” You know the truth: These veins can cause a lot of pain, make it hard to sleep, affect your self-esteem, and interfere with your happiness. That’s why high-tech treatments such as endovenous laser ablation are such a relief.
About Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment
Endovenous laser ablation is a state-of-the-art technique that uses a laser to permanently seal problematic veins. These veins are responsible for the symptoms you experience, from burning and itching to soreness and swelling. The laser seals off the varicose vein and the blood then flows through other healthy veins.
With EVLA, doctors insert a tiny catheter into the vein being treated, similar to an IV for giving your body extra fluids. The difference is that this catheter has a fine wire with a laser device. This is what the term “endovenous” means: “inside the veins.” The laser cauterizes faulty veins from inside, restoring excellent blood flow. Many patients love the fact that EVLA is minimally invasive — no surgery required.
Helpful Things to Know About EVLA
Does the idea of EVLA still make you nervous? If so, that’s not surprising. Many of our patients who are absolutely thrilled with the results initially felt apprehensive, too. It’s normal to be anxious about treatments that you don’t know much about. To help you feel more comfortable, we want to share some exciting facts about EVLA.
1. Endovenous Laser Ablation is Extremely Effective
Studies about EVLA report success rates that range between 94% and 100% for all patients, according to The Vein Institute. In other words, EVLA is amazingly effective at getting rid of problem veins. These numbers are even more amazing when you look at traditional treatments from the past, such as vein stripping. This type of surgery has a success rate of 78%, which is OK but not compared to EVLA.
2. Most of the Time, You Only Need One Treatment
You can get on with your life, feel comfortable, and get back to doing the things you love. Only a tiny percentage of people require follow-up treatment.
3. EVLA Treatment Usually Takes 45-60 Minutes
EVLA is a non-invasive procedure, performed in our state-of-the-art outpatient facility and you are walking immediately after the procedure. There’s no hospital stay or extended recovery to worry about. The specific amount of time for treatment depends on how extensive the varicose veins are in both legs, but generally, the procedure takes a maximum of one hour.
4. You’re Awake the Whole Time
If you get nervous thinking about general anesthesia, don’t worry. During EVLA, patients are awake and alert. We may help you relax with some music or soothing scents, but you can talk with us as much as you want.
5. EVLA Doesn’t Hurt
We do use localized anesthetic for the area of treatment. This helps to ensure you don’t feel a thing. For most people, the treatment is completely painless. As we said, patients leave our clinic happy with the procedure.
6. Endovenous Laser Ablation Is Safe
According to many doctors, EVLA is a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins. It’s less invasive than surgery since only one minor incision is needed to introduce the laser for treatment. That’s why recovery is also exceptionally fast. You may notice some bruising and soreness for a few weeks, but nothing serious.
7. You Can Go Back Home Right Away
We don’t want to get in the way of asking for vacation days from work, but the truth is that you don’t need any special recovery time after undergoing EVLA treatment. You can get back on your feet and back to your normal routine right away. The only thing you need to do for follow-up care is to wear compression stockings for up to 10 days to support your veins. It’s also important to avoid strenuous workouts or jogs during this time.
8. Endovenous Laser Ablation Isn’t the Only Modern Therapy Available
EVLA is phenomenal for treating large and painful varicose veins. However, if you have problems with spider veins or other small-yet-visible veins, EVLA isn’t the best choice. Fortunately, there are modern alternatives, such as sclerotherapy. The result is the same — sealing faulty veins — but the method is different. In any case, you can find relief from vein issues without worrying about surgery.
Contact Northern Illinois Vein Clinic
At Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, we’re friendly, helpful, and experienced. We’ve performed more than 24,000 successful vein treatments and helped countless patients enjoy a better quality of life thanks to endovenous laser ablation and other treatments. What helps many people feel more comfortable prior to treatment is talking with our caring staff and asking all the questions they want. Learn more about EVLA by contacting us right away. You can also reach out by calling (779) 696-8346.
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