Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)


Minimally invasive treatments have replaced the stripping of varicose veins. The most popular advance used by the majority of vein doctors in this country is known as Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT). With this method, laser energy is focused directly inside the vein to close and seal it. Subsequently, the vein slowly is absorbed by the body and disappears.

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Endovenous laser treatment is performed under a local anesthesia using ultrasound guidance. There is no need to go to a hospital or have a general anesthesia which is usually the most dangerous part of most operative procedures. With EVLT, there are no incisions. A small catheter is introduced through a needle hole which allows the introduction of a guide wire and fiber. Laser light is delivered to the inside of the vein to close it completely. Your body slowly absorbs the vein and it disappears over time. This replaces ripping that vein out which what the stripping operation entailed.

With these minimally invasive techniques, there is an immediate reduction of symptoms and gradual improvement in appearance. The results in the medical literature are impressive and have stood up well over time. For that reason, stripping is rarely done anymore. This endovenous laser surgery has proven safe and effective for patients who wish to avoid the painful stripping of their varicose veins.

Injections are sometimes used in conjunction with laser to complete the treatment of varicose veins. Dr. Happel can recommend the best and latest treatment options at the time of your consultation appointment.