Laser ablation (VenaCure™) uses an endovenous laser (within the vein) to treat varicose veins. Also known as endovenous ablation or ELVS or EVLT, it is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Under local anesthesia, using ultrasound as a guide, the interventional radiologist inserts a small laser fiber into the vein. A precise dose of energy produced by the laser collapses the vein and reroutes the circulation to other healthy veins. This is a low-risk treatment that improves circulation, and alleviates the symptoms of varicose veins and venous insufficiency. VenaCure™ takes about 30 minutes, and this endovenous laser ablation procedure is the primary treatment option used on varicose veins at the Fairfax Vein Center.
Advantages of laser ablation
- Outpatient procedure
- Long lasting symptom relief
- No surgical incisions
- Low risk
Endovenous laser ablation recovery and aftercare
Patients are sent home after the endovenous laser ablation procedure. Normal activities can be resumed after the procedure; however, air travel and long car trips should be avoided for three weeks. It is likely that you will see some bruising; however, you should not have any swelling. Compression stockings are worn for three weeks during the daytime, and walking is encouraged. Hot baths, running, and heavy lifting are to be avoided for two weeks. Follow-up visits are scheduled for one week, and four weeks later. Our vein specialists will also do a follow-up duplex ultrasound at the one month visit to ensure the vein is successfully treated.
During your appointment, our staff will provide you with pre- and post-procedure instructions for endovenous laser ablation. It is very important that you follow these instructions and take any prescribed medication. Following these instructions will minimize any possible complications and will help with your recovery.