EVLA / EVLT - Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment For Varicose Veins Information

EVLA / EVLT - Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment For Varicose Veins Information Image

Procedure Time: 30 minutes to 2 hours

Recovery Time: Minimal downtime, need to wear compression stockings for 2-3 weeks.

Results Duration: Permanent removal of varicose veins, long-lasting result.

Cost: Range from £1,900 to £4,500, depending on extent of treatment.

Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia

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Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), also sometimes marketed as Endovenous Laser Therapy™ (EVLT) is a minimally invasive method of treating varicose veins. It uses a laser which is inserted into the vein, guided by ultrasound scanning, under local anaesthetic to deliver heat energy which causes the vein to contract and seal itself shut. EVLA is used to treat an underlying venous reflux problem in veins higher up and deeper in the leg which are contributing to the presence of varicose and thread veins rather than treating the veins themselves. It is a ‘walk-in, walk out’ procedure so you will be able to leave the clinic after treatment. The cost of EVLA will depend on the number of varicose veins being treated, their severity and whether one or two legs are being treated. Private prices range from £1,900 up to approximately £4,500.

We would like to thank Vascular Surgeons Mr. Constantinos Kyriakides from The Private Clinic and Dr. Haroun GajRaj from The VeinCare Centre for their expert medical help.

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EVLA / EVLT - Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment For Varicose Veins Information FAQs

It is important to follow the advice of your vein specialist as closely as possible following EVLA to ensure that you get the full benefit of the treatment and avoid any complications.

Post-treatment advice may include:

  • Take over the counter anti-inflammatories or pain killers (ibuprofen or paracetamol) for a few days after the treatment, which will ensure you feel comfortable.
  • Wear the supplied or recommended compression stockings for the time period advised.
  • Plan for an average of three days off work post treatment although some people do return to work sooner (even on the same day), this depends on how you feel and your type of work.
  • Do plenty of walking post-treatment (ideally four miles per day for two weeks).
  • Avoid hot baths, Jacuzzis, steam rooms or swimming pools for two weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 24/48 hours following treatment.