Laser treatments for varicose veins have proven really effective over the years, but they have been known to be quite uncomfortable and sometimes even painful, in the past. However, thanks to advancements in technology, newer EVLA treatments are now practically painless and offer much more precise results.
Here, we’ll look at the newer EVLA treatments and how they stack up against other treatment methods.
What can you expect from new EVLA treatments?
The difference between the newer EVLA treatments and the older ones is that the new procedure uses a completely different wavelength. It is this which makes the procedure less painful and more effective.
Even complex varicose veins can be effectively targeted by the laser, and its results are comparable to those received through the VNUS closure method. EVLA is one of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s recommended treatment options. It’s minimally invasive and is usually performed under local anaesthetic.
How does it compare to other treatments?
The newer EVLA treatment is considered one of the best, most effective procedures in the treatment of varicose veins. However, like all treatments, it won’t be suitable for everyone.
As mentioned above, it provides the same kind of results as the VNUS closure procedure. However, as it’s less invasive, it presents far fewer complications. It can also be performed as a walk-in, walk-out procedure and you’ll experience far less pain than surgery. The recovery time is also much shorter.
So, EVLA is just as good, and potentially better than other varicose vein treatments.
Are there any risks or complications?
Although the newest EVLA treatments are less painful and much more precise, there are still a few risks and complications associated with the procedure.
There’s a possibility the procedure won’t work, although this is said to only occur in about 3% of patients. You may also experience some bruising and tenderness after the treatment. Another side effect which around 1% of patients can experience is numbness in the leg. However, this is very rare and it’s also usually only temporary.
You can find out more about our newest EVLA treatment and its potential side effects, by booking a consultation with the Cornwall Vein Clinic today.