Pre-op Patient Information: EVLA
If you are planning an appointment at the Vein Healthcare Center for Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLA), it is important to be informed about pre-operative guidelines. Being fully prepared for your appointment and following recommendations for care before your appointment will help ensure successful, comfortable treatment.
Exceptional patient care is our first priority. If you have any questions about treatment or about your upcoming appointment, please call the Vein Healthcare Center at 207-221-7799. We are available to answer questions and address any concerns you may have.
Understanding Your EVLA Visit
EVLA is an outpatient procedure that involves using laser energy to stop the flow of blood at the site of the vein that has failed. As a result of this procedure, the vein will close and eventually disappear, allowing blood to divert to healthy veins in the leg.
An appointment for EVLA therapy takes approximately two hours, though it may require more or less time. A local anesthetic is used, and for most patients, the laser causes no pain. You are encouraged to tell your doctor if any pain occurs so more local anesthesia can be administered.
You may resume most normal activities immediately after the procedure. Most patients are able to return to work the next day after their appointment. You must have a driver immediately following your appointment, so be prepared to have someone accompany you to your visit, or have someone we may call when you are finished with treatment.
Preparing for EVLA
The EVLA Procedure
Once you arrive for your appointment at the Vein Healthcare Center, you will change into exam shorts and photos of your leg will be taken. Photos are used only for your personal medical chart. Your leg will be rechecked using Ultrasound, and your doctor will write on your leg with a magic marker. Your vital signs will be checked, and you'll be asked to relax on the table. There are pillows and blankets available for your comfort, and if you brought a listening device, you can begin listening to music.
Your leg will be cleansed with an iodine solution to the groin. Please make us aware of any iodine or seafood allergies. An IV will be placed in the problematic vein, usually at or around the level of your knee, or in the middle section of the back of your calf. You will feel a small pinch of local anesthetic during this part of the procedure.
Under Ultrasound guidance, a laser fiber will be threaded up to the highest point of venous insufficiency. There should be little or no discomfort. The area to be treated will then be fully anesthetized. You will then be asked to wear special safety glasses to protect your eyes from the laser. The laser will then be turned on, and the ablation of the vein will begin. This process should take approximately 40 minutes.
Please follow Post-op Patient Information: EVLA guidelines following your appointment
Do you have questions?
If you have any questions or concerns about your EVLA appointment, call our office at 207-221-7799. Your care and comfort is our number one priority.