Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) uses heat to ablate incompetent main veins (such as the greater saphenous vein, lesser saphenous vein, etc.) which are often the source of varicose veins and venous ulcers. A tiny nick is made and a thin catheter containing the laser fiberoptic tip closes the incompetent vein from the inside. The vein is therefore ablated, or gone, which is comparable to surgical vein stripping, wherein the incompetent vein is physically removed after making a groin incision. EVLT eliminates the dysfunctional circulation system, allowing the functional deep venous circulation system to take over.
EVLT has been shown to have the same efficacy as radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and has only a 2% recannalization rate compared to RFA’s 7.5% recannalization rate.
Please call 512-453-6100 to make an appointment for a free screening to find out if EVLT would work for you.