Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a state the art non-surgical laser treatment of Varicose Veins that avoids the need for hospitalisation and allows for rapid return to normal activities.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive technique used to eliminate large varicose veins. It is an outpatient procedure performed under local anaesthesia.

Using ultrasound to locate the vein to be treated, the surgeon introduces the laser fibre. Once in position, and the area is anaesthetised, the laser is activated.

The intense energy produced at the tip of the fibre seals-off the vein. In the following months the vein contracts completely and disappears.

Following completion of the laser component of the treatment, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is performed. UGS involves locating any remaining varicose veins using ultrasound, many of which are deep and invisible to the naked eye.

A foamed sclerosant, is used to shrink and close off these veins. The foam is injected into the veins with the intent of clotting the veins to become inflamed. This is performed precisely under ‘direct’ vision using ultrasound making it clear that all veins have been fully treated.

THE ADVANTAGES OF EVLA OVER SURGERY:

  • No need for a general anaesthetic
  • The procedure is performed as an outpatient, no hospital admission required
  • You can return to work/activity the following day, there is no ‘down time’
  • Any pain or discomfort you feel is managed with simple pain killers
  • No scars and none of the complications that can occur with surgery.
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