Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) Varicose Veins
Endovenous means ‘in the vein’. In this surgical EVLT procedure under local anaesthetic, the surgeon inserts a very thin laser wire into the insufficiency of the vein. Then he pulls the wire out again with the laser on. The heat produced by the infrared laser beam heats the vein from the inside to such an extent that the blood clots and the proteins turn into a sticky substance that seals the vessel.
As it were, the inside of the vein ‘burns’. This causes the vein to shrivel. The useless vein is broken down by your body, so it can simply remain in your body.
This new technique has many advantages. The most important is that he is an outpatient. You do not need to be admitted and you can continue with your daily life after the procedure. 98% of treated veins will completely disappear within 9 months. The chance of recurring complaints is only 2-5%; after three years the results are comparable to the more traditional but much more severe treatment (stripping) and after six years the results are even better.
You understand that if possible we opt for this endovenous treatment.
There are no nerves in the vein and during the laser treatment we use a coolant to protect the surrounding tissues. The treatment is therefore – apart from the anesthetic injections – virtually painless.
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