Endovenous Laser Treatment for the elimination of unhealthy varicose veins is the gold-standard for minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. EVLT uses laser energy, which is a highly concentrated beam of light. The work by delivering this light energy to the tissue that is targeted with extreme precision, so as not to damage the surrounding tissue. Medical lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in various medical procedures, from optical surgery, to dermatology and especially in the treatment of vein disorders. In the hands of a skilled physician like Dr. Paul Larson, EVLT offers far less risk for complications than conventional surgery.
In endovenous laser treatment, a thin fiber (approx. 2 mm.) is inserted into the pre-determined damaged vein through a very small entry point or "key hole" in the skin. A laser light is emitted at the end of the fiber, as the fiber is pulled back through the vein by the physician, it delivers the right amount of energy. The targeted venous tissue reacts to the light energy, causing the vein wall to close and seal shut. The veins that are treated with EVLT are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body's venous blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other veins.
Dr. Paul Larson and the Vein Center of Arizona is now using a jacketed fiber, which prevents any contact between the fiber and the vein wall. This prevents much of the pain and bruising that is often associated with the procedure performed without this application or from more conventional method of vein stripping and ligation. Some patients may experience temporary soreness or some slight swelling, which can be treated effectively with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers and typically subsides within the first couple of days.
The procedure is minimally invasive and requires no general anesthesia, however since Dr. Larson is an anesthesiologist it may be performed safely at the patient’s request. Usually only local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the Dr. Larson is working. Patients are encouraged to walk for 2 hours after the procedure, wear compression hose for 48 hours (night and day) and can resume normal activities the same day.
The VenaCure EVLT™ system utilizes state-of-the-art technology and is the gold standard to eliminate varicose veins.