Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
EVLA is the most modern technique for the treatment of large varicose veins. Previously these were treated by stripping surgery under general anaesthetic. Surgical stripping is an outdated model of care and has been superseded by EVLA and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for the past 10-15 years .
The EVLA procedure is done as an outpatient procedure with local anaesthetic. It involves the placement of a laser fibre under ultrasound guidance into the abnormal vein through a small cannula. The vein is then numbed with local anaesthetic. The Laser is then activated as the fibre is slowly removed. This produces a thermal reaction in the vein wall along the treated section, closing the vein. The procedure involves minimal discomfort. There are no cuts, sutures or scarring with the procedure.
The published success of EVLA treatment has been reported up to 99.8% with far fewer complications as compared to stripping surgery.
You will be up and walking immediately with a compression stocking on and required to walk everyday for 30 minutes.
Our expert vein doctors at Lasers in Medicine perform Endovenous Laser Ablation procedures in Adelaide, book now for a consultation.