What is endovenous laser treatment (EVLT)?

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A minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins, endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is an alternative to both traditional surgery and other treatments that require minimal access to the vein. EVLT uses heat from a laser beam to destroy the varicose vein wall and close the unhealthy vein. The physician uses an ultrasound to locate the vein and then guides a thin laser fiber through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee. Advantages include shorter recovery times compared to traditional vein surgeries, minimal scarring and a rapid return to normal activities. The procedure takes less than an hour to perform, and most patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms. Anesthesia is used.
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