Laser Treatment For Varicose Veins

Thrombophlebitis in human leg

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is an FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins. EVLA is the treatment of choice for varicose veins. Using ultrasound technology, a thin laser fiber is guided into the diseased vein through a very small opening to deliver laser energy to the diseased vein wall. This causes the vein to collapse and seal shut and the blood is diverted to healthy veins.

There are many advantages to EVLA over older surgical treatments.

  • EVLA is performed in-office using a local anesthetic
  • EVLA usually takes about an hour
  • There is no unsightly scarring or visible incision
  • Recovery is quick with no downtime
  • The reported patient satisfaction rate is 98 percent
  • EVLA is often covered by insurance

Following the procedure, a bandage or compression hose is placed on the treated leg. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and most individuals are able to return to work 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 need to be worn for three to five days as needed for comfort.

Call The Vein Specialists at 309-862-4000 to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians or request an appointment online at We have convenient locations in Bloomington, Peru, Springfield, and Streator.