South Florida Interventional
South Florida Interventional, Todd D Schwartz, D.O.
South Florida Interventional

EVLT - Non-Surgical EndoVenous Laser Treatment

EVLT Eliminates Varicose Veins at the Source

The twisted bulging that causes discomfort and embarrassment results from faulty valves in the veins. As blood flows through your veins to the heart, stop valves are supposed to prevent the blood from flowing backwards as gravity pulls it down. If the valves don't close properly, blood pools in the vein, forcing the walls to enlarge and bulge out.

EVLT uses targets laser energy to seal the vein shut and help you look and feel better fast.

  • Treatment in less than an hour.
  • Can be performed in the doctor's office.
  • Immediate relief of symptoms.
  • Return to normal activity immediately - with little or no pain.
  • No anesthesia or hospitalization.
  • No scars.

The EVLT Procedure:

EVLT is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that leaves no scar and can be performed in your doctor's office. The treatment takes less than one hour. Here's what to expect:

  • Your doctor uses ultrasound to map out your vein
  • Local anesthetic is applied
  • A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tin entry point, usually near the knee.
  • Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein.
  • Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed (just avoid rigorous activities, such as gym workouts).
  • There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does EVLT Work?
The laser energy damages the vein walls, shrinking them and closing the faulty vein so that the blood cannot flow through it. This eliminates vein bulding at its source.

Is loss of this vein a problem?
No. After treatment, the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to the many normal veins in the leg.

What are the complications of this procedure?
The only minimal complications experienced with EVLT have been a small number of cases of numbness that passes quickly.

Am I at risk from the laser?
No. Just as a precaution against accidental firing of laser energy outside the body, you will be given a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes.

How successful is EVLT?
Published clinical studies show that EVLT has a 98% initial success rate with excellent long-term results.

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