Your Trusted EVLT Specialists
Do you wish you could get rid of unsightly varicose veins? Perhaps they’re causing you undue pain and discomfort. Fortunately, the team at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute is here to provide the treatment you need. Over the years, we’ve performed numerous non-invasive procedures to successfully eliminate varicose veins. Our team often suggests endovenous laser treatments to achieve optimal results with little recovery time. With several locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area, you’re sure to find a quality EVLT procedure near you.
Varicose Veins Explained
EVLT is used to treat varicose veins, and while many can recognize them, fewer know what they are and their causes. In short, varicose veins occur when healthy veins become twisted and enlarged. They are typically caused by malfunctioning valves in the vein, which results in the blood flowing backward. Varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue for many people, but in some instances, patients experience pain and discomfort.
What Is Endovenous Laser Treatment?
If varicose veins are diminishing your quality of life, ask a specialist about endovenous laser treatment. EVLT is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to close off a particular vein and keep blood from flowing through it. You’ll relax with local anesthesia, and then your surgeon will insert a small laser into the vein. Once blood flow is cut off, the varicose vein will begin to dissipate. The EVLT procedure allows blood to flow freely through healthy veins without getting caught up in the damaged ones.
How to Prepare for the EVLT Procedure
EVLT laser treatment is not a major surgery, so you will need very little preparation for it. We ask that our patients not shave their legs within three days of their appointment. Shaved skin is more prone to infection, and we want to minimize the risk of any complications. We’ll also ask you to let us know what medications you’re currently taking. Things like blood thinners can affect the treatment, and you may need to stop taking them in the days leading up to your appointment. Luckily, you will be able to eat or drink anything you want before and after the procedure. We just recommend having a light meal and plenty of water before your appointment.
Reap the Benefits of EVLT
An EVLT vein procedure brings patients a wide variety of benefits. For one, the treatment is not invasive, and you won’t need to worry much about recovery time. We have a very high success rate at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute, so you can look forward to prompt results. Other benefits of EVLT include:
- No hospitalization
- An immediate return to daily activities
- No stitches or scaring
- Minimal EVLT recovery time
- Decreased risk of deep vein thrombosis
Am I a Candidate for EVLT Vein Procedures?
Almost anyone with varicose veins can benefit from EVLT. It’s particularly attractive for those not interested in lengthy vascular surgeries. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Pregnant people and those with more severe problems in the deep venous system should seek other forms of varicose vein removal. The specialists at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute will work with you to find an appropriate treatment.
Ensuring a Proper Recovery
EVLT recovery is straightforward and requires little action on your part. Nevertheless, there are a few strategies you can use to ensure everything goes as planned. Your doctor will recommend the recovery methods best suited to you. The following steps may be part of your recovery plan:
Wear Bandages and Compression Stockings
Simply wearing bandages or compression stockings as prescribed allows for better blood circulation through the leg. We'll let you know how to wear them properly, as they can cause irritation and discomfort if worn incorrectly.
Don't submerge the affected area in water for at least ten days following your EVLT procedure. Allowing the area to get wet increases the risk of infection and decreases the chances of a successful procedure. Wait at least 24 hours before showering again, and be sure to keep the site dry in the shower.
Staying active is essential to a successful recovery. We recommend getting up to walk often in the days following your procedure. Try not to sit for too long, and walk around as much as possible, for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Make Follow-Up Appointments
Our team is at your side even after the EVLT procedures. Make sure to schedule follow-up visits with Arizona Vein & Laser Institute. Usually, we ask patients to come in about four weeks after the procedure to ensure the healing process has gone smoothly.
Get in Touch With Our Team
Endovenous laser treatment is not a procedure that most patients know about before coming to our offices. With this in mind, our team is here to answer any questions you may have. We’ll be accessible to you before and after the procedure, and we encourage you to keep us updated on your recovery. Don’t hesitate to contact us with concerns about EVLT or to schedule a free vein screening.