How does EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment) Help Treat Varicose Veins?
Dr. Warren has been in private practice doing phlebology since 1999. Phlebology is the branch of medicine that deals with the care of vein disease. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology and is located in Palm Desert between El Paseo and Deep Canyon on the south side of Highway 111. She has performed thousands of minimally invasive vein procedures and has been a trainer of other physicians in all aspects of these procedures.
The EVLT is a laser that uses light energy to close main superficial trunk veins. With the laser fiber, which is a thin wire, it is placed in a truncal vein and local anesthesia is placed. The laser energy, which is heat, is used to seal the vein closed. It takes less than 45 minutes to perform; it is done in our office with a 98% success rate with usual relief of symptoms and return to normal activity immediately. Walking is encouraged. There may be bruising and mild soreness post treatment but this is usually relieved by compression stockings and over-the-counter pain medications. This procedure is often covered by medical insurance when medically necessary.