Endovenous Laser Ablation

An effective alternative to traditional surgical methods of treating varicose and spider veins, Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) uses laser to heat and eliminate the affected veins. The heat produces a steam bubble inside the vein, which destroys the vein walls. As the effected vein collapses, the body naturally absorbs the dead tissue.

Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation

  • Can be safely performed in a doctor’s office as opposed to an operating room
  • Requires only a local anesthetic
  • Widely regarded to be fast, lasting only about 30-60 minutes per leg
  • Does not need sutures and leaves no scars
  • Minimal downtime with most patients able to resume daily activities immediately after treatment
  • Minimal discomfort and very low risk of serious complications

Steps Involved

1. The affected vein is located using ultrasound imaging and marked with a pen

2. A very small incision is made at the affected site

3.  A catheter is inserted through the incision and positioned inside the vein

4.  The laser fiber is inserted through the catheter to heat the vein

5.  After the heat seals the vein, the incision is covered with a bandage

Possible Side Effects

  • Most patients experience only minimal or no discomfort after the procedure
  • Temporary numbness
  • Bruising
  • Cramping
  • Deep vein thrombosis (e.g., formation of a blood clot in the deep veins in the leg)
  • Thrombophlebitis (e.g., inflammatory process causing formation of a blood clot that is eventually absorbed by the body)

Schedule your consultation with Pacific Med Health Group to see how one of our expert plastic surgeons can help you revitalize your appearance with a varicose or spider vein removal. To book your appointment at one of our Southern California locations, please call (800) 580-7633 or fill out our online form today.

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