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Varicose veins - How ELVeS treatment works

Varicose vein treatment using laser

The following information on laser treatment of varicose veins has been provided by Biolitec, developers of the ELVeS™ (Endo Laser Vein System). ELVeS™  is an innovative and complete solution for the treatment of varicose veins.


This new treatment is available at the London Clinic and through Sweeney Chaloner Surgical Chambers and Veincentre.


What is ELVeS?

ELVeS, (Endo Laser Vein System), is a new laser treatment for superficial reflux of the greater saphenous vein - a problem which often leads to the formation of varicose veins.  Laser light energy, administered intravenously, causes vein walls to shrink.  This results in complete closure, thus eliminating the problematic vein.


How it works

  • Following percutaneous entry into the greater saphenous vein, a fine ELVeS laser fibre is inserted into an introducer sheath and advanced towards the sapheno-femoral junction.


  • Once in position (confirmed by ultrasound and the laser aiming beam), the near infrared laser energy is delivered in short pulses, causing thermal damage and contraction of the vein wall. Due to the application of tumescent local anaesthesia damage of surrounding structures is inhibited.
  • The laser treatment is performed along the entire vessel length. The irreversible thermal damage induced by the laser energy then leads to a complete occlusion of the vein.
  • The complete procedure takes about 30-45 minutes; the patients can return to normal activities immediately, with the exception of vigorous gym workouts.


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Get a quote for laser ablation treatment (ELVeS)

If you would like a quote for laser ablation treatment (ELVeS), we will forward your enquiry to a maximum of three private hospitals in your area.

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