Simple, effective treatment for the health and beauty of your legs
EVLT is a nonsurgical, minimally-invasive procedure that gets rid of varicose veins using laser energy which collapses the vein, bringing improved appearance and relief from symptoms. Through a tiny nick made in the skin, a small laser catheter (plastic tube) is inserted into the vein. A fiber is then threaded through the catheter to the end of the varicose vein. As it is slowly withdrawn it emits laser energy, sealing the vein closed. Once closed, blood supply is rerouted to other veins. EVLT is clinically proven to treat varicose veins and has excellent long-term results, usually with only one treatment. EVLT is a great choice for the treatment of visible, abnormal leg veins.
Varicose veins are abnormal veins that develop in the soft tissue just beneath the skin. They are often painful and appear swollen and knotted. Other issues include itching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration of the skin, and inflammation (phlebitis). These veins do not do a good job of transporting blood back to the heart. At their worst, they can be dangerous and crippling, causing foot and ankle sores, changes in the toenails, small clots, and blockage of blood flow. Varicose veins commonly occur in the legs but can also appear in other parts of the body. Their removal using EVLT can improve venous circulation.
Spider veins, which are related to varicose veins, are a group of dilated veins that look like spider webs or tree branches. They are smaller, appear closer to the surface of the skin and are purple, blue, or red. They are most commonly found on the legs and face. Spider veins are often treated with sclerotherapy. Also related are reticular veins—small green or blue veins that are visible under the skin and can be the underlying cause of spider veins.
About 50 to 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men in the U.S. suffer from some type of vein problem.
Not all varicose veins can be prevented. However, there are ways you can reduce your chances of getting new varicose veins:
To schedule your free ultrasound screening exam for varicose veins, please call (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is not required for the free screening, but you must make an appointment and be prepared to provide the name of your physician.
To schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist, please call our interventional team at (512) 467-XRAY or (512) 467-9729 . A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
Please keep in mind that some insurance companies require patients to wear compression stockings for a prescribed length of time before they will cover EVLT. Compression stockings can make your legs feel better when you have varicose veins and can help prevent swelling and blood pooling. They do not usually improve the basic condition that causes varicose veins.
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