Laser Vein Treatment (EVLA)
Endo Venous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
The Endo Venous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is the most advanced treatment for bulging and symptomatic varicose veins. It has largely replaced traditional, surgical “stripping ” of varicose veins.
It is a minimally invasive laser procedure that takes less than an hour and is all done with a local anaesthetic.
See the results in our Before and After Laser Vein Treatment Gallery
EVLA works by using laser energy to permanently collapse large, poorly functioning veins in the leg.
It works like this:
- A laser fibre is carefully and precisely inserted inside the damaged vein using ultrasound guidance.
- An anaesthetic (freezing) solution is then injected around the entire length of vein to be treated.
- Laser energy is then delivered to the vein as the laser fibre is slowly pulled out of the vein. This collapses and seals the vein shut. No surgical incision is needed.
- The procedure is completed in under an hour, and a compression stocking is applied. You may then immediately resume normal daily activities.
- Most patients return to work within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Long term success with this treatment is 95-98%.
EVLA Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins
Following EVLA you can expect to recover quickly with only minor discomfort. You may experience a stretching or aching sensation in the thigh for a few days after. This usually resolves within 1 week. Occasionally there may be some mild bruising, but this too resolves quite quickly (within 1 to 2 weeks).
EVLA in not covered under OHIP funding. It is an uninsured service.