EVLT For Varicose Veins

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional vein stripping procedures. EVLT uses a wand-like device, called a laser fiber, to help the doctor diagnose the condition of the vein. Lasers are then used to heat up the vein and seal it shut, thus preventing the blood from further refluxing back into the veins.

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Why is EVLT done?

EVLT helps to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins, such as swelling, discomfort, and discoloration. The laser procedure allows for quick and precise removal of varicose veins while reducing trauma to other surrounding areas. The procedure also helps to improve the appearance of varicose veins.

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How Does EVLT Work to Treat Varicose Veins?

The EVLT laser fiber is used to heat up the veins, which causes them to collapse and seal shut. Once the veins are heated, they are no longer able to carry blood and the body absorbs them over time. This helps to improve vein appearance and reduce symptoms such as swelling and discomfort.

During the procedure, the doctor uses a special wand-like device to diagnose the condition of the vein. He or she then inserts the laser fiber into the area and moves it back and forth to heat up the veins gradually, thus closing them off.

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Who is a Suitable Candidate for EVLT?

EVLT is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals with noticeable varicose veins. One of the advantages of this minimally-invasive procedure is that it can be done in a matter of minutes with minimal downtime and very little discomfort.

Before undergoing EVLT, it is important that patients consult with Dr. Prajwal K Rao at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics, Kanhangad about their medical history and any pre-existing conditions that they may have. Dr. Prajwal K Rao can then determine whether EVLT is an appropriate treatment option for the patient’s specific case.

What Are the Advantages of Choosing EVLT For Varicose Vein Treatment?

EVLT is an effective and efficient treatment option for varicose veins. Some of the advantages of choosing EVLT include:

  • Quicker treatments with minimal discomfort
  • Treatment for a larger area
  • Improved appearance of the veins
  • Reduced risk of side effects compared to traditional vein stripping
  • Lower risk of infection, bleeding, or nerve damage
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Cost-effective solution for those seeking relief from varicose veins

What Is the Procedure For EVLT Like?

The EVLT procedure begins with Dr. Prajwal K Rao making some small incisions in the area around the varicose veins. The doctor then inserts a catheter into the vein and introduces a lighted wand-like device called a laser fiber. During the procedure, Dr. Prajwal K Rao moves the laser fiber accordingly to ensure an even and controlled heating of the vein. This process gradually collapses and seals the veins shut. The entire procedure usually takes about an hour, with minimal discomfort and little or no downtime.

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Is EVLT a Painful Treatment Option?

EVLT is a minimally-invasive procedure with minimal to no discomfort. Most patients feel a warm or tingling sensation as the veins heat up and close off. Additionally, the doctor may use local anesthesia to reduce any discomfort.

Patients should keep in mind that the procedure is relatively pain-free and that the discomfort levels are much lower compared to traditional vein stripping procedures.

How Many Sessions or Treatments are Typically Required?

EVLT is usually a one-time procedure, though the number of sessions may vary depending on the severity of the varicose veins. Dr. Prajwal K Rao at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics in Kanhangad can assess the patient’s medical history and condition and recommend the best treatment based on their individual needs.

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Are There Any Risks or Potential Side Effects of EVLT?

EVLT is a safe and efficient treatment option. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects, such as:

  • Skin discoloration and bruising
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Pain, though pain should be minimized through the use of local anesthesia
  • Nerve damage
  • In rare cases, the vein can fail to close off and the patient may experience recurrence of symptoms
  • In rare cases, blood clots may form in the treated veins

Patients should consult with their doctor at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics, Kanhangad to discuss any potential risks or side effects prior to undergoing EVLT.

What Is the Recovery Process After EVLT?

Recovery from EVLT is typically very quick, with patients able to return home and resume some level of activity immediately after the procedure. Patients may experience some bruising and discoloration, but these typically subside within a few days.

Although the procedure is minimally-invasive, it is recommended that patients take it easy for the first few days after the procedure. Gentle exercise, such as walking, is generally acceptable, but strenuous activities should be avoided. It is also important to keep the area clean and dry to help with healing.

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How Can Patients Schedule a Consultation for EVLT With Dr. Prajwal K Rao?

Patients seeking to learn more about EVLT for varicose veins should schedule a consultation with Dr. Prajwal K Rao at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics, Kanhangad. During the consultation, Dr. Prajwal K Rao will assess the patient’s medical history and condition to determine whether EVLT is the right treatment option. Dr. Prajwal K Rao will also discuss the risks, benefits, and expectations of the procedure, so that patients can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with EVLT as their preferred treatment option.

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