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Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) of Varicose Veins

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EVLT stands for Endovenous Laser Therapy. EVLT® is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that leaves no scar and can be performed in your doctor’s office. The treatment takes less than one hour.

EVLT has become the 'gold standard' in the treatment of larger varicose veins. It has largely replaced surgery, which for decades was the only longer-term effective treatment. Compared to traditional surgery, EVLT has been shown to have equal or higher success rate than surgery, and a lower incidence of complications

Learn more about whether EVLT is right for you

EVLT "more effective" than traditional surgery --- J. Cardiovadscular Surgery, 2005 (click to read)
Journal for Cardiovascular Surgery 2005 - Vol. 46 Robert J. Min, MD Neil M. Khilnani, MD - Department of Radiology Weill Medical College of Cornell University New York, NY, USA

In 2005, Doctors Min and Khilnani published their results of 1,000 limbs treated over a 5 year period with EVLT. 98% of the treated vessels at up to 60 months follow-up remain closed. Complications and side effects like temporary parasthesia and DVTs are reported at less than 0.5%.
The Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) in 2008 has determined that endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins "appears to be more effective in the short term, and at least as effective overall, as the comparative procedure of junction ligation and vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins."
[3] It also found in its assessment of available literature, that "occurrence rates of more severe complications such as DVT, nerve injury and paresthesia, post-operative infections and hematomas, appears to be greater after ligation and stripping than after EVLT". A study of 516 treated veins over 69 months by Elmore and Lackey reported a success rate of 98.1%.[5]
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