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Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

A non-surgical solution for varicose veins.

About Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

The development of varicose veins is a reality that many women, and a smaller percentage of men, will face in their lifetime. Fortunately the pain, discomfort and unpleasant look of these dysfunctional veins can be readily relieved with Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) therapy.

EVLA therapy has replaced surgery as the gold standard for treatment of varicose veins. This walk-in/walk-out procedure reduces the complications, risks and recovery associated with painful surgical stripping. In EVLA therapy, the diseased vein is accessed in the lower leg through an IV catheter.  A laser fibre is inserted through the IV catheter and advanced up the vein until the tip of the laser fibre is at the top of the diseased vein. Local anesthetic is then applied around the vein and the laser is activated. Over several minutes, the laser is passed down the leg and out of the vein.The laser energy results in destruction of the vein walls and the body will eventually absorb the dead tissue.The actual treatment time is usually less than half an hour. Post-procedure discomfort is minimal and most patients are able to return to non-strenuous daily activities immediately.

What can Endovenous Laser Ablations (EVLA) do for you?

The resolution of varicose veins requires medical intervention – varicose veins never get better by themselves. Left untreated, varicose veins can cause many patients to experience pain and discomfort and can lead to more serious health concerns. Over time, diseased veins continue to enlarge and the problem extends to the surrounding, once healthy network of veins. In advanced vein disease, the skin can become malnourished and can even ulcerate. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) safely and effectively restores proper blood flow to the veins with the added bonus of rejuvenating the appearance of the legs.

For Kelowna patients seeking relief from varicose veins, Restore Vein and Skin Centre’s accredited medical practitioners are here to assist you. Our newly built surgical suite meets the latest Canadian Standards Association requirements for a non-hospital surgical suite for optimum safety and is accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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