Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?
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How is Endovenous Laser Ablation performed?
Frequently asked questions
Is it painful?
As the procedure is done under local anaesthetic, most patients feel very little to no discomfort.
The great news is that you walk right out after the treatment and you can immediately get back to regular activities. Most patients may feel a slight ache for the first few days, but it slowly improves. For discomfort that last longer, we recommend paracetamol or Nurofen.
Is it effective?
This is the most efficient and successful treatment for varicose veins, with closure rates of 99.8%. This means that the chances of the vein returning in the same region are extremely low.
When should I undergo Endovenous Laser Ablation?
Endovenous Laser Ablation is performed for either cosmetic or health reasons such as reducing pain and discomfort caused by abnormally large veins. EVLA can ease the following symptoms: throbbing pain, painful swelling of the veins, leg fatigue, swollen feet and ankles, colour changes in the lower leg or skin irritation or dry skin.
Is EVLA safe?
EVLA is one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatments of unsightly veins. It’s a highly effective relief from unpleasant varicose veins or painful varices. The risks are minimal. In less than an hour, you’ll get your confidence back and you’ll set your feet free from this uncomfortable condition.
Possible side effects
Only along the areas treated. They often look worse than they feel. Like any bruise it fades over two to four weeks.
Aching in the leg
Feels almost like a pulled muscle, but gets better over the first few days. Won’t keep you from moving around as usual. Keep Paracetamol or Nurofen handy, just in case.
Cord like feeling in the leg
Once the treatment is completed, the vein becomes hard, almost like a cord. This feeling goes away in a few weeks. No need to worry about it.
Sore Hard Lumps
This often happens a week after the treatment due to trapped blood. These are lumps felt in areas where the varicose veins were. They are often tender to touch but slowly decrease in size on their own or when removed with a needle.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins are typically caused by fragile or faulty vein walls and valves that allow blood to flow in a wrong direction. Potential causes include pregnancy, standing or sitting for long periods of time, old age, obesity, menopause or a family history of varicose veins.