At the University Radiology Vein Center, patients can have the very latest treatment for varicose and spider veins. Our team of Interventional Radiologists specialize in EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment), the state-of-the-art technology used to eliminate bulging varicosities and associated pain. Our physicians also perform sclerotherapy, ambulatory phelbectomy, and the other cosmetic procedures used to create more attractive legs.
For additional information about these procedures, please call 732-246-0060.
Background information about EVLT is included below.
EVLT for Varicose Veins (Endovenous Laser Treatment)
A safe, effective and painless remedy for varicose veins.
- State-of-the-art high-tech procedure performed with local anesthetic
- No hospitalization
- Comfortable office setting
- Treatment in less than an hour
- Immediate relief of symptoms
- Activities can be resumed right away - with little or no pain
- Excellent clinical and aesthetic results
Frequently Asked Questions about EVLT
What causes varicose veins?
Malfunctioning valves create the twisted bulging veins that result in the discomfort and embarrassment of varicose veins. As blood flows through your veins to the heart, stop valves close to prevent the blood from flowing backwards from the pull of gravity. If the valves do not close properly, blood pools in the vein, forcing the walls to enlarge and bulge out. Symptoms caused by varicose veins include aching pain, leg fatigue and leg heaviness, all of which worsen as the day progresses.
How are varicose veins treated?
Traditionally, surgical ligation or vein stripping was the treatment of choice. Vein stripping is a surgical procedure that produces scarring, may require a long recovery time and can be quite painful. Repeat surgery is sometimes necessary. Treatments also used are injection sclerotherapy or phlebectomy. These procedures do not address the source of the larger varicosities which are caused by venous reflux in the saphenous vein.
Saphenous vein reflux can be treated with ablation of the vein with radiofrequency waves. Treatment with radiofrequency is less invasive than vein stripping, but requires a long procedure time and in some clinical research studies has resulted in more complications.
Is there a better option?
Now, there is a new technique performed by specially trained physicians called EVLT® (EndoVenous Laser Treatment) that is safe, fast and effective. This minimally invasive procedure addresses the underlying source of the problem with less pain, shorter recovery times, greater success rates, less cost and greater convenience.
EVLT is performed using only local anesthetic in a comfortable outpatient office setting, rather than in a hospital. The treatment can typically be performed in less than an hour and has minimal to no recovery time. Activities can be resumed right away - with little or no pain. Excellent clinical and aesthetic results with no scarring can be expected.
How successful is this treatment?
Published clinical studies show that EVLT has a 98% initial success rate with excellent long-term results.
Is loss of this vein a problem?
No. After treatment, the blood in the diseased veins will be diverted to the many healthy veins in the leg, reestablishing normal flow.
What can I expect during this treatment?
First, duplex ultrasound is used by our physicians who are specially trained and experienced in minimally invasive interventional radiology to map the greater saphenous vein and examine the deep and superficial venous systems. After a local anesthetic is applied, the doctor uses imaging guidance to insert a thin laser fiber into the diseased vein through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee. Laser energy is delivered to seal the vein. These procedures will be painless.
Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed. There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as needed.
Does insurance cover this treatment?
Many insurance carriers cover this procedure, based on the medical necessity for the relief of symptoms.
What should I do next?
Call us at 732-246-0060 with any questions. At that time we can schedule your visit.