LASER TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS Our center is proud to deliver a new laser procedure that is highly effective at eliminating varicose veins permanently. After placing a thin laser filament into the vein (through a needle puncture in the lower leg), our surgeons use laser energy to heat the vein from the inside, causing it to close. This treatment has a 98% success rate in completely closing down the defective vein. The laser treatment procedure is an excellent choice for some, but not all patients. Each patient who comes to our Vein Treatment Center is thoroughly evaluated to determine a personalized treatment plan that will get optimal results. Laser Therapy is a new adjunct that is available. In some situations both spider veins and intermediate sized veins may be successfully treated in a comfortable and cost effective way using laser rather than chemical energy to achieve closure. Lasers with both long and short wave length capability are available. This allows us to treat both superficial and deeper veins. Incidentally, these lasers are also useful for removal of vascular and pigmented spots. EVLT is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that can be performed in our office. There is no post operative scarring, as it is only a probe and a slim sheath that enters the vein via a tiny skin nick. The probe is guided into place using ultrasound and the procedure is performed under local anesthetic – similar to that used by dentist – to numb the treatment area. The treatment takes less than an hour. Here’s what to expect: Your doctor uses ultrasound to map out your vein. Local anesthetic is applied. A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point (usually below the knee). Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein. Your normal day activity is then resumed. In fact, walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged (avoid rigorous activities). The key benefits of EVLT… Immediate relief from symptoms No scars Only a local anesthetic is needed Can be performed in the doctor’s office (no hospitalization needed) Treatment in less than an hour Normal activities can be resumed immediately – with little or no pain fever, chills; redness, swelling or drainage from your incision (cut).