Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Offered in East Orange and Newark, NJ

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is a procedure designed to treat the underlying large veins that cause varicose veins and eliminate unsightly varicose veins and symptoms. EVLT uses targeted laser energy to seal these veins shut, and it does not require hospitalization or general anesthesia. EVLT can also help avoid future complications, like sores, skin ulcers, and blood clots, which varicose veins can sometimes cause.

We specialize in cutting-edge vascular treatments at the Newark Vein and Vascular Center, including endovenous laser treatment. This minimally invasive procedure has revolutionized how we treat varicose veins and other venous disorders. We provide fast and effective EVLT to our patients throughout Newark, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas.

Our state-of-the-art facilities in East Orange and Newark, NJ, are equipped to perform endovenous laser treatments and other advanced procedures for managing venous disorders. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest standard of care.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins that often appear dark blue or purple. They occur when the valves in your veins weaken, causing blood to pool and pressure to build. This can lead to conditions like chronic venous insufficiency and deep vein thrombosis. Varicose veins are a common problem, especially in the lower extremities.

Signs You Have Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern but a potential health issue. They occur when the valves in your veins become weak or damaged, causing blood to pool and the veins to enlarge. This condition is prevalent in the legs and feet due to the increased pressure these veins endure from standing and walking. Recognizing the signs of varicose veins is crucial to seeking appropriate treatment early and avoiding complications. Here are some key indicators that you might have varicose veins:

  • Visible Veins: The most noticeable sign of varicose veins is the appearance of dark purple or blue veins that are visibly twisted and bulging under the skin.
  • Swelling in Lower Legs and Ankles: As blood pools in the veins, fluid can leak into surrounding tissues, causing swelling, particularly in the lower legs and ankles.
  • Heavy or Aching Legs: People with varicose veins often complain of a heavy or aching sensation in their legs, typically worsening after long periods of standing.
  • Itchy or Irritated Skin: Some people experience itchy or irritated skin around the varicose vein. In severe cases, this can lead to skin ulcers.
  • Muscle Cramping or Throbbing: Night-time leg cramps or a throbbing sensation in your legs can also indicate varicose veins.
  • Changes in Skin Color: Over time, the skin near the varicose veins may darken or change color due to blood pooling.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult a medical professional who can provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment options.

How Does EVLT Help Varicose Veins?

Endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. During EVLT, a laser fiber is inserted into the affected vein. The laser heats the vein wall, causing it to collapse and form scar tissue. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the vein. This redirects blood flow to healthier veins, relieving symptoms and improving appearance.

If you have varicose veins and are experiencing these symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend EVLT to correct the problem, improve your appearance, and relieve your discomfort. Using laser energy, EVLT seals the affected veins shut, forcing blood to reroute and flow through healthy veins. The sealed veins will shrink over time and be reabsorbed into the body, yielding the great results you hope for.

How Does an EVLT Procedure Work?

Preparation for EVLT is simple. Avoid all caffeine sources (i.e., soda, tea, coffee, energy drinks, etc.) and drink plenty of fluids. Also, be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing to allow room for bandages, and follow any additional instructions as indicated by your doctor.

On arrival, you will be given special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser’s light, and a technician will numb your leg and perform some preliminary checks. Dr. Gordon Lutchman will also use ultrasound to map out your veins. Once the area is numb, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the affected vein through a tiny entry point. When the laser is activated, the light and heat will travel down the fiber and into your vein. The heat from the laser burns the veins and seals it closed.

The entire process takes only 30-60 minutes. Though there may be side effects, like minor soreness, swelling, and bruising, patients are highly encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure. You’ll be able to resume your ordinary activities as soon as you leave your appointment, but you should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting of up to 50 lbs. for a few weeks.

Who Can Benefit From EVLT?

EVLT is suitable for those suffering from a range of venous disorders, from superficial venous incompetence to more severe conditions like chronic venous disease. If you’re experiencing discomfort from varicose veins or if your veins are causing you aesthetic concern, you could be a candidate for EVLT. This is especially true in the populations in which the condition is most common, including:

  • People who are older or overweight
  • People with inactive jobs or lifestyles
  • Women who are pregnant, nursing, or undergoing menopause
  • Anyone with a family history of varicose veins

Though it is often used for symptom relief, EVLT is also a viable option for patients who simply want to improve their appearance. Our varicose vein treatment specialists can help you reduce swelling and scar tissue and relieve you.

Schedule Your EVLT Treatment Today

Don’t let varicose veins keep you from living your best life. At the Newark Vein and Vascular Center, we can help. Our experienced team specializes in EVLT and other advanced treatments for venous insufficiency and related conditions. Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards healthier, happier legs.

Endovenous laser treatment is more than just a cosmetic solution—it’s a pathway to improved health and well-being. Don’t wait. Contact us today to learn more about how EVLT can provide relief from your varicose veins. If you or a loved one currently has varicose veins, schedule EVLT treatment at Newark Vein and Vascular Center, LLC, the premier provider of vein treatments in Newark, New Jersey. With over 30 years of experience, we can promise high-quality care and personalized attention to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more about varicose veins treatments and EVLT.