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.
During your consultation, your medical professional will evaluate your specific situation to determine what course of action is best for you.
If ELT treatment is determined to be a good fit for you, your next visit will include venous mapping. This includes a session of ultrasound mapping of the affected area. The ultrasound map will allow the team to prepare a comprehensive venous flow map which will show the path of blood flow through abnormal veins. This map will pinpoint where blood flow trouble can begin and make any subsequent procedures very precise.
After your treatment, your medical profession will advise what level of activity you can return to and when. Supplemental treatment may include wearing a ‘sock’ or brace that will ensure there is no short-term relapse in affected areas. A common postoperative symptom can include bruising, tenderness, or swelling. The compression sleeve is specifically designed to reduce these symptoms.
Typically, there is a follow-up regimen that is used to ensure that your recovery is complete.
We are posting this to let you know what we are doing here in the office to help our patients and our staff stay safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continue Providing Treatment
We will continue to provide treatment of infections, ulcerations, and post-operative care in the office by appointment as it is very important keep these patients out of urgent care facilities and hospital emergency departments to limit risk of exposure.
We are carefully triaging each currently scheduled patient in order to determine the need for face-to face care as well as to assure that patients with immunocompromised conditions, are experiencing cough or fever, or that have been exposed to individuals who may be positive for COVID-19 are rescheduled.
As an alternative to visiting the office, we are pleased to offer patients the option to be treated via Telehealth Services (using FaceTime, Skype or phone call).
If you are interested in this option, please contact the office at 904-739-9129 and we will set up a Telehealth appointment for you right away.
What can you do?
Please do your part to slow the spread of this virus by staying home, washing your hands thoroughly and staying healthy.
As always, we value your trust in us to treat all of your foot and ankle care needs and we are here for you during this time of uncertainty.
Dr. Reddy and staff First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic