EVLA – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 10:43 am.Written by The VEIN Specialists Ultrasound guided endovenous laser ablation, or EVLA, is the cutting-edge treatment of choice for varicose vein disease. The advantages of EVLA, when compared to older surgical treatments, are clear. EVLA is an in-office procedure that is performed under a local anesthetic, usually in under an hour. No hospital stay is required. There is no unsightly scarring or obvious incisions. Complications are very rare. Recovery is quick with minimal post-procedure discomfort. Any discomfort that occurs can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. The reported satisfaction rate of patients who have had EVLA is 98 percent! Insurance companies acknowledge EVLA as medically necessary and this often allows the patient to take advantage of their health coverage. FDA-approved, EVLA involves inserting a small laser fiber into the diseased vein. Laser heat causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. Once that vein is closed, the blood is diverted to healthy veins. Following the procedure, a bandage or compression stocking is placed on the treated leg. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately and 10-15 minutes each hour while awake for the next 48 hours. Patients are able to return to work quickly, usually that day or the next day. The only restrictions are no heavy lifting of greater than 30 pounds and no heavy physical aerobic activity for 48 hours. Medical grade compression stockings will be worn for three to five days for to help control swelling and speed recovery. Call (309) 862-4000 to schedule a FREE SCREENING EXAM with one of our physicians or request an appointment online at www.ILveins.com. We have convenient locations in Bloomington, Eureka, Peru, Springfield and Streator.