Laser ablation (“ELVeS”,”EVLT”) is a new non-surgical way of treating varicose veins which has been developed over the past five years at centres in USA, Spain and Germany. This varicose vein treatment is performed as an outpatient “walk in, walk out” procedure with no requirement for general anaesthetic or overnight stays in hospital.
The laser treatment involves the insertion of a laser fibre into the varicose vein of the thigh from the knee to the groin using ultrasound imaging to guide the way. The laser fibre is then withdrawn along the vein, heating it from within to close it, using local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. The treatment session lasts in the region of one hour.
A pressure stocking is applied and must be worn for a week. The majority of patients can return to normal activities including work the next day. Further visits may be required to eliminate secondary varicosities and superficial unsightly veins (spider veins).
Common questions about laser treatment of varicose veins
How laser treatment works
This new treatment is available at the London Clinic, Sweeney Chaloner Surgical Chambers and Veincentre
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