Frequently Asked Questions
Birmingham, Alabama EVLT Varicose Vein Treatment
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that usually appear on the legs. They are not only a cosmetic concern but can cause symptoms such as aching and throbbing, as well as lead to more serious problems.
What causes varicose veins?
As blood flows through your veins back to the heart, one-way valves are supposed to prevent blood from flowing backwards as gravity pulls it down. If the valves don't close properly, blood pools in the vein, forcing the walls to enlarge and bulge out.
How does EVLT work?
The laser energy during the EVLT® procedure damages the vein walls, shrinking them and closing the faulty vein so that the blood cannot flow through it. This eliminates vein bulging at its source.
Is loss of this vein a problem?
No. After treatment, the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to the many normal veins in the leg.
Am I at risk from the laser?
No. Just as a precaution against accidental firing of laser energy outside the body, you will be given a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes.
How successful is EVLT?
Research shows a success rate of 93% to 98% in individuals undergoing EVLT varicose vein treatment (based on clinical data with up to 5 years of follow-up).
Is EVLT covered by insurance?
Most insurance carriers cover EVLT if the patient exhibits symptoms of venous reflux disease and the procedure is deemed to be medically necessary.