Endovenous Laser Ablation treatments are performed in our office under local anesthesia.
Also known as ELA, endovenous laser ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help alleviate symptoms related to varicose veins such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. ELA is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars.
ELA is performed in our office under local anesthesia. The doctor inserts a small laser fiber, usually through a needle stick in the skin, into the damaged vein around the knee level. With the help of an ultrasound, the doctor guides the fiber to the upper thigh. Pulses of the laser or radiofrequency are delivered as the fiber is pulled through the vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut.
Following the ELA procedure, your leg will be wrapped in bandages or a compression stocking. We do ask that you continue to wear the compression stocking for 2 weeks following the procedure. Because the procedure is performed through a tiny skin nick, you won’t have a scar. ELA is often combined with sclerotherapy to fully treat varicose veins.
Contact us today to see if Endovenous Laser Ablation is the right treatment for you.