Endovenous Laser Ablation
Rosen Vein Care
David Ian Rosen, MD
Vein Specialist located in Chicago, IL
If you’re one of the 35% of adults who have varicose veins, chances are you want them removed to improve your appearance. But there’s also an essential medical reason to treat varicose veins, as they can lead to pain, swelling, and other complications. As a vein specialist, David Rosen, MD, at Rosen Vein Care in Chicago, Illinois, offers several varicose vein treatment options that produce exceptional results and permanently eliminate your unsightly veins. To learn about your treatment options, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Q & A
What is endovenous laser ablation?
Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), also known as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is a minimally invasive procedure that safely and effectively removes varicose veins.
This advanced technique uses heat to permanently seal problematic varicose veins, providing relief from symptoms and cosmetic benefits within weeks.
How does endovenous laser ablation work?
Radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation are among a variety of EVLT methods. Dr. Rosen uses a 1470nm wavelength laser for its long record of safety and efficacy at closing off damaged segments of varicose veins.
The procedure is similar to getting an IV, except instead of administering a fluid or medicine, Dr. Rosen uses the IV catheter to send a small, delicate laser fiber to a specific area of your vein. He uses ultrasound imaging to guide the catheter to the precise location.
Before he treats the vein, Dr. Rosen administers a diluted local anesthetic. This helps prepare the walls of the vein for treatment while keeping you pain-free during the procedure. Then, he applies heat to the vein and seals it off. Your body naturally redirects blood flow to healthy veins. The problem vein disappears over time.
Who is a good candidate for endovenous laser ablation?
First, Dr. Rosen carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure EVLA is right for you. If your veins are tiny or superficial, he may recommend a different treatment, such as surface sclerotherapy.
Dr. Rosen believes that each patient is the president of their own body. That’s why he provides you with all the information you need to confidently make an educated decision about your health.
What should I expect from endovenous laser ablation?
Like all treatments at Rosen Vein Care, Dr. Rosen performs endovenous laser ablation himself. The procedure usually takes about an hour and is mostly painless. The only time people experience discomfort is during the administration of the local anesthetic.
Afterward, you can walk right away and even return to work if you need to. Dr. Rosen gives you compression stockings to wear for a period of time.
Getting regular exercise improves the outcome of endovenous laser ablation and helps to maintain good vein health. For expert care in endovenous laser ablation, call Rosen Vein Care, or book an appointment online today.