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Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove varicose veins
Varicose veins can be painful and unsightly. EVLT is a non-invasive laser treatment which quickly removes varicose veins, minimises pain and recovery time. It is a walk-in walk-out treatment with no overnight stay required.
You might be recommended to have EVLT if you have varicose veins. Around a third of people develop a form of the problem at some time during their life. Troublesome veins can occur at any age in both men and women but most commonly in women after pregnancy.
EVLT is usually performed entirely under local anaesthetic with minimal surgical incisions. Using Ultrasound, the surgeon will position a laser fibre into the diseased vein via a small hole in the skin. The heat generated causes the vein to close and blood is prevented from flowing through the vein which shrinks and fades.The operation normally takes approximately 30-40 minutes.
The treated vein will be absorbed by the body and it disappears naturally. The post-operative discomfort and bruising is less than with traditional surgery, there is little or no scarring, the recovery time is much shorter, and you can simply walk in and walk out the same day.
Jo’s EVLT Varicose Veins Treatment experience at Benenden Hospital
Jo Crossey tells us about her experience at Benenden Hospital for Endovenous Laser Therapy, or EVLT for varicose veins.