Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) for Varicose Veins in Memphis and Germantown
Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive state-of-the-art technique for the treatment of varicose veins. EVLA has been shown to be as effective as vein stripping, which is a much more invasive procedure with a longer recovery period. A thin laser fiber is inserted through a small catheter that is placed in the vein using ultrasound guidance. The laser fiber delivers heat to the vein wall, causing it to collapse and seal shut. The vein will gradually be absorbed by the body and blood will naturally be re-routed through the remaining healthy veins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the procedure painful?
EVLA is performed using a local anesthetic solution, which provides comfort during the procedure, protects the tissues surrounding the vein being treated and compresses the vein to maximize the effect of the treatment. Most patients report feeling very little pain, if any, during or after the procedure.
Are the results of EVLA permanent?
Over 90% of treated veins remain closed permanently at one year post procedure. We will monitor your progress to ensure closure and teach you ways to reduce the risk of varicose and spider veins.
How many treatments will I require?
Most patients require 1 to 4 EVLA treatments with possible ultrasound guided Microfoam treatments to eliminate any remaining perforator branches into the recently treated veins.
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