Endovenous Ablation Specialist

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

Board-Certified General Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Brandon, FL

Endovenous ablation is an innovative technique that allows physicians to selectively close malfunctioning veins. Many men and women from Brandon, Florida, turn to Dr. Hall and Dr. Butterick at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center for endovenous ablation. The team completes the procedure in the office, and it’s both safe and effective. To explore the possibilities afforded by endovenous ablation, schedule an appointment today. Online scheduling is available, making it easy to find a convenient appointment time.

Endovenous Ablation Q & A

What is endovenous ablation?

Endovenous laser ablation therapy, or EVLT, is one of the most effective treatments for varicose veins. The procedure is also sometimes referred to as endovenous laser ablation surgery (ELAS) or endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center perform endovenous ablation in an in-house surgical suite. The practice uses both the Varilase and Dormer Laser Systems.

Local anesthetic helps you remain comfortable during the minimally invasive procedure. Ultrasound technology helps your doctor guide a tiny catheter into the malfunctioning vein.

Once in position, laser energy is applied to the vein wall. That creates gentle heat, causing the targeted vein to collapse. That effectively seals the vein, and surrounding healthy veins take over circulatory functions. Your body eventually absorbs the dead vein tissue.

What are the benefits of ELVT?

Endovenous laser ablation is an incredibly effective way to treat venous reflux without the risks associated with traditional approaches like vein stripping. Here are just a few of the benefits of choosing ELVT:

  • No need for general anesthesia
  • Low rate of complications
  • No incision or surgical scars
  • Relatively short treatment time
  • Minimal downtime for recovery

What happens after ELVT?

Once your procedure is complete, your leg is wrapped to provide gentle pressure. You’ll begin walking right away to encourage your blood to flow to nearby healthy veins.

Your doctor examines the area to ensure proper healing and removes the initial compression material. You’ll wear a compression garment for a week or so after your procedure, and over-the-counter pain medication can address any discomfort.

You should be able to resume most non-strenuous activities the same day as your procedure, and you should be fully recovered and able to complete all activities in around 7 to 10 days.  

What are some other treatment options for varicose veins?

The GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center team also offers foam sclerotherapy, a type of chemical ablation, to treat varicose veins. The procedure involves introducing a sclerosing agent directly into the enlarged veins.

A special type of catheter called ClariVein® allows access to the inside of your vein. The catheter has a rotating tip that delivers medication evenly across your vein walls.

The team then delivers a sclerosing agent called Varithena inside the targeted vein. The medication is mixed with air to form a foam, which improves coverage within the vein.  

If you’re troubled by varicose veins and would like to explore treatment options, schedule an appointment with GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center at your earliest convenience.