Endovenous Laser Therapy vs Radiofrequency Ablation Endovenous Therapy

There are many options for the treatment of diseased veins and your best option is dependent upon the severity of your condition, your preference and desired outcomes. Radiofrequency Ablation Endoveous Therapy and Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) are both done in office under a local anesthetic. Each procedure utilizes the use of ultrasound technology to guide a thin catheter bearing an optical fiber through the vein to the area of treatment. The difference lies in the heat source used to treat the vein. For Radiofrequency Ablation Endovenous Therapy, radiofrequency energy is used to heat and close the vein wall, while during EVLT laser heat is used to achieve the same outcome.

Following the heat exposure, the treated veins will form scar tissue closing off the vein and blood flow, eventually causing the vein to atrophy and fade. Recovery for both techniques is similar in that patients are asked to walk around shortly following the procedure and wear compression stockings for one to two weeks. At Premier Vein Clinics patients generally return for a follow up two weeks after the procedure to ensure proper healing and vein closure.

In summary, EVLT and Radiofrequency Ablation Endovenous Therapy are similar in nature but differ in the technology used. You and your Premier Vein Clinic physician will determine the best option for you. Call (865) 588-8229 today and discover your treatment options to relieve your varicose vein symptoms.

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