Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT)
Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT) is a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided technique used for treating varicose veins using laser energy commonly performed by a surgeon. The treatment uses a optical fiber inserted into the vein to pass laser light (infrared) to shrink the vein and attempt to restore normal function of the vein or artery.
The ELT technique is used not only to treat superficial or unsightly veins, but also to improve critical circulatory requirements of veins throughout the legs. Further benefits of an ELT procedure include a reduction in the recurrence of varicose veins, a reduction in complications due to lack of blood flow, no general anesthesia required, less painful than surgery, minimal recovery period, and very minimal to nonexistent surgery scarring.