7 Questions to Ask Endovenous Laser Therapy Specialist
Vascular vein doctors at Colorado Laser & Vein uses minimally invasive endovenous ablation laser treatment for varicose veins. For more details please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Centennial CO, Englewood CO, Southglenn CO, Littleton CO, Castle Rock CO, Denver CO and Highlands Ranch, CO.
Table of Contents:
How does it work?
Is it covered by insurance?
How long does the procedure take?
Does it hurt, and what is the recovery time?
What are the side effects?
How successful is EVLT?
Are there alternative treatments?
EVLT Treatment is a revolutionary, nonsurgical treatment for the removal of unwanted varicose veins. It is also effective in the treatment of chronic leg pain, leg swelling, venous ulcers, and restless leg syndrome.
Varicose veins are caused by blood going the wrong way into veins that are just under the skin. By inserting a small laser into the abnormal vein, we are able to stop this backward flow of blood and redirect it into the healthy veins. This cuts the blood flow to the abnormal veins, and they shrivel up and disappear.
EVLT Treatment is currently covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. We will verify with your insurance company that it is covered in your plan prior to proceeding. If you do not have insurance or have an extremely high deductible, we can discuss affordable payment options with you.
On average EVLT Treatment takes approximately 10 minutes.
It is normal to have some minor discomfort during the procedure. We have performed over 3,000 procedures and have never had to discontinue the procedure because of patient discomfort. Your comfort is our 1st priority. We will do everything that we can to make this as relaxing and comfortable of an experience as possible. There is no recovery time needed. The procedure can be performed during your lunch break with immediate return to work. We encourage you to walk after the procedure.
The most common side effects are minor bruising or discomfort in the area of the treated vein. Also, occasionally patients will experience tingling or “pins and needles.” This normally resolves in 3-4 weeks.
It is successful approximately 98% of the time. The vein will actually stay open about 2% of the time. If this occurs, we simply will re-treat the vein.
The traditional treatment, vein stripping, and ligation require general anesthesia, pain, and a long recovery. We do not recommend this. All other forms of treatment including foam sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, Vein Gogh, and sclerotherapy are also performed in our vein centers. This may be an adjunct to your treatment plan.