EVLT & RFA
What is Endovenous Ablation?
This ablation technique was developed to replace the much more invasive surgical vein stripping procedures, which required general anesthesia, several cuts on your leg, at least two nights in the hospital, and a higher risk of infection. The goal of the procedure is to restore healthy circulation through your leg by sealing off the “leaky” veins that are the source of varicose veins.
What is the Advantage of Laser & Radiofrequency Ablation?
The goals are to restore proper circulation to your legs and significantly improve large bulging veins, and prevent serious complications such as swelling, skin ulceration and blood clots. Since the treated veins are left in place, closed off to be gradually re-absorbed by the body, there is much less pain, bleeding, and trauma than with other methods like vein stripping.
If a endovenous ablation is right for your particular needs, our vein team will discuss any needed preparation for the procedure with you. Endovenous ablation is a very safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment, performed by Dr. Berry in our modern and comfortable office setting!
How is Laser & Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?
There are two ways to perform endovenous ablation, the first uses radiofrequency waves to treat your vein and is also known as the RFA procedure. The second procedure utilizes energy from a laser to internally cauterize and seal off dysfunctional, unhealthy veins and is commonly referred to as EVLT. Some patients are better suited for radiofrequency ablation, and others for laser ablation (EVLT), therefore at Living Water Vein Institute we offer both for our patients.