Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
For the treatment of large varicose veins (trunk veins), we now mostly use endovenous techniques. This means that varicose veins no longer need to be operated on (“stripping”), but can be treated from the inside. This can be done under local anaesthesia. Patients treated EVLT are able to leave the clinic on foot after treatment, and have fewer complications and less post-operative pain compared to surgical stripping. In endovenous ablation, the inner lining of the leaking vein is damaged so that the vessel is closed off and the leakage is eliminated. There are two techniques to apply heat: the laser technique and the VNUS technique. We use laser technology to apply heat to the vessel wall.
The Wetering Medical Centre uses the EVLT method to treat varicose veins. A special laser catheter is inserted into the vein to be treated, and a local anaesthetic is administered by means of a few injections. The laser is then fired so that the tip of the catheter gets hot. This causes the vessel wall to shrink, and after a few days the vein will close up.
Depending on what needs to be done, the procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and is practically painless. The doctor will apply a pressure dressing or stocking, which may be removed after 24-48 hours.
If you have any questions, please contact us during consultation hours at 020 8203465.