Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA), is a minimally invasive technique to eliminate varicose veins.
Your leg is sterilized and a small catheter and laser fiber are inserted into the vein that needs to be treated. When the laser is turned on, it generates heat that seals the vein closed permanently. This procedure was developed by physicians at the Weill Cornell Vein Treatment Center who have performed EVLT longer than any other physicians in the world. The procedure is performed in the office with only local anesthetic, little to no pain or scarring and a short recovery period. The procedure takes about 1 hour and patients are instructed to immediately walk after the procedure and to resume most of their usual activities. If microphlebectomy is needed, it may be performed at the same time as EVLT.