Is Endovenous Laser Ablation Right for You?

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Suffering from leg pain, swollen veins or other symptoms that leave you feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious? You’re not alone!  An estimated 30-60% of adults develop varicose veins or spider veins, regardless of gender. 

Endovenous laser ablation is just one of the options we offer as treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. The vascular specialists at Metro Vein are trained to provide safe, minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed right in our offices, and our vein doctors are always happy to work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan. View our locations and call your nearest Metro Vein Center today to get started:

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FAQs on Endovenous Laser Ablation: 

What is Ablation?

“Ablation” refers to any procedure that destroys small portions of tissue that are obstructing your body’s natural processes. Ablation of veins is designed to remove tissue in unhealthy valves that hinder blood flow, improving blood circulation to your legs.

 

What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a laser beam to treat both the symptoms and the underlying cause of varicose veins. EVLA is used to treat the greater saphenous vein, the small saphenous vein and side branches of the saphenous veins. The procedure is performed under ultrasound guidance, allowing the physician to treat the targeted area accurately and safely.  EVLA requires only local anesthesia and is performed in the office in under one hour with minor discomfort and quick recovery time. 

 

How Does Endovenous Laser Ablation Work?

During an EVLA procedure, your doctor will insert a small optic fiber directly into the vein with unhealthy valves, delivering laser light that heats specific areas of the vein until it closes. The healing process begins almost immediately after your doctor removes the optic fiber. The closed vein is then reabsorbed into the body and the blood supply in that area is naturally rerouted through other, healthier veins.

 

Does Endovenous Laser Ablation Have Side Effects?

Despite some tenderness in the insertion area, patients can usually resume normal activity within 24 hours with little to no pain or other complications after an EVLA procedure.

 

How Much Does Endovenous Laser Ablation Cost?

Endovenous laser ablation is one vein procedure that is almost always covered by insurance. Metro Vein Centers accept most insurance providers, including Medicare.