Venacure EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment)
Quick treatment—right in a our office
How it works
The VenaCure EVLT procedure is minimally-invasive and can be performed in our office. It addresses both the cosmetic and medical issues associated with varicose veins.
- A laser light emitted through a thin fiber inserted into the damaged vein delivers just a small amount of energy, causing the malfunctioning vein to close and seal shut.
- Veins that are treatable with the VenaCure EVLT system are superficial veins. Laser therapy with the VenaCure EVLT system is indicated for varicose veins and varicosities with superficial reflux of the Greater Saphenous Vein, and in the treatment of incompetent refluxing veins in the superficial venous system in the lower limb.
- After the VenaCure EVLT procedure, your body will naturally route blood flow to other veins.
- Bulging and pain in the damaged and now-sealed vein will subside after the procedure.
Because VenaCure EVLT vein treatment eliminates varicose veins where they start, the results can be obvious right away.
What to expect
- A local anesthetic is injected. Then, the thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a very small entry point. While you might feel an unfamiliar sensation, it’s not painful. This part of the procedure takes just a few minutes.
- Immediately after the procedure, you’ll be encouraged to walk. You can resume most normal activities the same day.
- If needed, you can take over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers for any temporary soreness.
After treatment, there may be slight swelling and bruising, but that will subside and you will see a significant difference in the appearance of your legs, with minimal-to-no bruising 1,2.
Varicose vein treatment with the VenaCure EVLT system is typically covered by insurance, including Medicare, when medically necessary. So what constitutes medical necessity when it comes to varicose veins? Usually patients must demonstrate symptoms of venous reflux disease, specifically: 1) pain, swelling, leg cramps, ulcers or bleeding from varicosities, and 2) presence of reflux on ultrasound scan. The doctor’s office where you have your treatment performed can help you determine if your treatment will be covered by your insurance company.
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- Caliskan K, Cakmakci E, Celebi I, Basak M. Endovenous 1470 nm laser treatment of the saphenous vein: early report of pain assessment. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery. 2013;54(2):p.263-7.