What To Expect After Endovenous Laser Vein Ablation (EVLA)

Varicose veins are caused when the valve directing blood flow back to the heart weakens and malfunctions, allowing blood to pool or flow backward (reflux). They are the most common sign of underlying vascular injury, and they are more than a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, varicose veins can contribute to more vascular complications. Dr. Verebelyi, one of Colorado’s prominent vein surgeons, is one of just a few physicians certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, and he can treat your varicose veins and restore your vascular health.

What To Expect After Endovenous Laser Vein Ablation (EVLA)

*Individual Results May Vary.

How Does Vein Ablation Work?

Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (EVRF) Ablation is simply a way of using heat to close damaged veins. Radiofrequency has become our go to procedure for ablation due to its excellent results and minimal post procedural discomfort. During the procedure a small catheter is placed inside the damaged vein. The damaged portions are heated to the point where the body will remove the vessel over the next several months without any invasive surgery.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is another way to add heat to vessels or order to close them. Through the early 2000s this was preferred vein closure treatment. However, as radiofrequency became more effective in the last 10 years, patients have shown a clear preference for the shortened discomfort time associated with RF versus laser. Laser is still used sometimes if a patient has a very short segment of diseased vessel or occasionally for very large vessels. 

Why Do I Need To Treat My Vein If I Cannot See Any Major Varicose Veins? 

Over time, after the valves within leg veins fail, other medical problems follow if they are not treated. Aside from the obvious superficial vessels, varicose veins and swelling several other serious medical issues eventually develop. Restless Leg Syndrome and night time cramping get worse the longer veins are left untreated. More serious skin problems such as skin thickening, ulcers and blood clots will also develop over time.  Unfortunately there are no prescription medications or supplements that can effectively treat the vein problem. Although compression can help decrease symptoms it does not stop the vessel from refluxing, so closing the damaged vessels in order to re-route the blood into the healthy vessels has become the standard of care for treatment.


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Am I a Good Candidate for Vein Ablation?

If you suffer with enlarged, twisted veins that are the hallmark of underlying vein disease, you are not only a candidate, but should seek immediate treatment in order to prevent further damage to your vascular system. Any patient with symptoms of heaviness, aching, Restless Leg Syndrome, leg swelling or varicose vein will get significant relief with proper vein treatment. Untreated vein disease can lead to further health concerns like those above which require much more intense medical attention.

What is an EVRF Treatment Like?

EVRF for vein ablation was originally developed around 1999. As the procedure has matured, it has become extremely effective and the treatment of choice for refluxing leg veins. Dr. Verebelyi has done several thousand of these treatments. He focuses on not only ensuring the procedure is as safe and effective as possible but also making sure all of our patients are incredibly comfortable both during and after procedures. The micro puncture to place the tiny catheter is so small it requires only a tiny bandage to close. The total treatment time is only about thirty minutes to an hour and patients are able to do mild exercise the same day. Patients may experience some mild swelling afterwards but should only expect minimal discomfort that can easily be controlled with Ibuprofen. 

Is There Any Downtime with These Vein Treatments?

You’ll need to wear a compression bandage for a few days following your treatment, but you will be up and walking the same day. Light activity is encouraged the day of your procedure and may be increased each day following the treatment.

What Results Can I Expect?

Vein ablation is highly successful, with Dr. Verebelyi’s patients experiencing a success rate of 98% or better, even after four years. The other good news is that many symptoms begin to improve within a few days of the procedure. 

Dr. Verebelyi is one of the most highly trained vascular physicians in the country, and he is a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Colorado Skin & Vein is an ASLMS preceptor site, and Dr. Verebelyi has trained many of the field’s top physicians. He has also worked nationally as a legal expert to explain the physiology behind laser energy treatments. There really is no better expert to handle your vascular treatment than Dr. Verebelyi and the Colorado Skin & Vein team.

“All of my expectations were met, friendly and informative. I am looking forward to my procedures! Thank you, Renae”


Take the Next Step

To request your vein treatment consultation with us, please call (303) 683-3235 or fill out our online contact form today. Colorado Skin & Vein serves Englewood, Centennial, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and the greater Denver, CO area.

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