Not all vein issues are just cosmetic. Varicose veins are the result of damaged valves inside the veins in your legs. They often are accompanied by pain and unpleasant symptoms like swelling, redness and itchiness. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to blood clots and other serious health threats.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) ® is an FDA-approved varicose vein treatment offered at Vein Care Specialists in our Lakeland, Florida location. EVLT is a laser treatment that is an alternative to old-fashioned and less effective vein stripping surgery. Unlike vein stripping, this office-based treatment is quick and virtually pain-free. Most patients return to normal activity within a day or so.
During EVLT®, a thin laser fiber is guided by ultrasound into the vein to deliver laser heat to the diseased vein wall. This causes the vein to close and eliminates the venous reflux at its source. Healthy veins around the closed vein restore the normal flow of blood. After a few weeks, symptoms from the varicose veins improve and unsightly veins on the surface of the skin usually shrink.
Before EVLT®, an ultrasound of your legs will be performed to allow the creation of a customized, individual treatment plan. EVLT is generally recommended for veins with a very large diameter, for veins in which there are blood clots or for varicose vein “webs” which are more likely to cause clots. To schedule your consultation with Vein Care Specialists at our convenient Lakeland, Florida vein center, please call (863) 577-0269 and see if EVLT is the right vein treatment for you.