If you have varicose veins, you are no longer required to suffer or go through invasive surgery. While ligation and stripping may be required in some cases, others can turn instead to some of the newer methods of varicose vein removal. One of the latest methods is called endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). It is a simple procedure, but if you plan to undergo this form of medical treatment, it helps to understand how it will be performed. This blog will provide you with basic information on what to expect from your laser vein removal procedure.

What Is EVLA?

EVLA refers to the use of lasers to treat varicose veins. Research on this method indicates it is effective, and there are two kinds currently available. These are Linear Laser Ablation and Radial Laser Endovenous Vein Ablation. Both involve no surgery, anesthetics or injections, and involve the use of pulsed light to break down only the damaged veins without affecting the surrounding tissues. The body then absorbs the treated vein.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The process involves holding the unit to the skin. You may feel something like a pinch or the snap of a rubber band as the laser unit does its work. The entire procedure lasts about 20 minutes. Depending upon the specific size, density, and severity of your varicose veins, you may require more than one session of EVLA.

After the Procedure

Following the procedure, you can get back to your normal life. You can go back to work the same day and resume any normal activities. Your physician may, however, require you to follow specific instructions. In general, he or she will request that you:

  • Limit your exposure to the sun
  • Avoid any high-impact forms of exercise, particularly aerobics
  • Inform him or her of specific medications that may affect the appearance of the affected skin

If you follow the advice, you should not experience any difficulties. In fact, you can now enjoy the freedom that comes from no longer having varicose veins.

The End Result

While there are some possible side effects such as the skin becoming red or localized swelling, these do not last long. Other issues include:

  • Blistering
  • Hypopigmentation, a lightening of the area where your vein specialist applied the laser

As with red skin, these effects do not last. They are temporary conditions, and they can be avoided by following the instructions of your doctor.

What to Expect from your Laser Vein Removal Procedure

If you want a method that is non-invasive, and that has proven to be effective in many cases, consider EVLA or EVLT. Get in touch with a vein specialist at the Chicago Vein Clinic if you need some more information on the treatment. They can help you understand the procedure and ensure that you make your decision after knowing the facts.

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Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 11,000 vein-related procedures annually. Same-Day appointments and multi-lingual team members standing by to assist.