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What does EVLT® stand for?
EndoVenous Laser Treatment 

How does the procedure actually work?
A laser fiber is fired inside and along the length of your faulty, varicose vein. The laser energy seals the vein walls, shrinking them closed so that blood can no longer flow backwards into the leg.

Is loss of this vein a problem?
No. There are many veins in the leg and after treatment the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to normal veins with functional valves. The resulting increase in circulation will significantly relieve symptoms and improve appearance. 

Do I need to wear compression stockings prior to having the procedure done?    
Wearing compression stockings helps relieve minor symptoms associated with venous insufficiency.  Many insurance companies have guidelines recommending patients wear compression stockings prior to treatment with the EVLT procedure.  Prior to any procedure your doctor will determine the right compression plan for you.  Do not wear compression stockings for the 24 hours immediately prior to the procedure.  

Can I eat and/or drink prior to the procedure?
Yes, you may eat a light meal.  Increase your fluids with caffeine free beverages, such as water, for the 24 hours immediately before your procedure.  Drinking adequate fluids makes it easier to access your vein.

What if I am unable to wear compression stockings?
It is important that you follow your doctor’s recommendation to the best of your abilities.  Not everyone is able to tolerate compression stockings.  If you are unable to wear compression stockings we will use ace bandages or you may discuss this with your provider during your appointment.

Can I work after the procedure is done?
Yes, normal activity is fine.

Does anyone need to drive me after the procedure?
No.  However, if you take anti-anxiety medication such as ativan or valium then you will need someone to drive you.

Do I continue to take my blood thinner?
Yes, but it is important to make sure the staff is aware you are on a blood thinner.  Also you may experience more bruising.
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