Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) and endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive procedure to treat a variety of vascular disorders. It’s a safe, effective procedure that has few endovenous laser ablation complications. The best vascular and interventional radiology doctor in NYC is Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center. Trust him to provide painless vein ablation and endovenous laser ablation post-op instructions to keep you healthy, now and into the future. Call today for a consultation to ease your vascular pain and other symptoms.
What Is Endovenous Laser Ablation?
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is a procedure used to treat varicose veins. This modern treatment method uses laser technology to heat targeted vein walls enough to kill them. The affected veins collapse and disappear from your skin with time, as your body reabsorbs them.
Laser vein ablation is an in-office technique performed by a qualified vascular doctor like Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky. Dr. Sobolevsky is a leading an endovascular specialist at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn.
What Are the Advantages of EVLT?
Endovenous laser ablation or therapy, also called endovenous laser treatment or EVLT, is an improvement over older procedures for treating varicose veins.
The benefits of this vein treatment include:
- Faster treatment. Endovenous laser treatment is an outpatient, same-day procedure. Your vein doctor performs the vein ablation in less than one hour.
- Minimally invasive treatment. The procedure involves just one two-millimeter puncture in your skin to access the twisted and bulging vein. That single tiny puncture is enough for the entire procedure.
- No downtime. Since it’s minimally invasive, the healing process is faster and you can return to normal activities immediately. Your doctors recommend endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins over older procedures, such as varicose vein stripping and vein ligation, to promote a faster recovery.
- Long-lasting effectiveness. Your vein doctor uses the endovenous laser ablation procedure for long-term effects. The EVLT procedure offers immediate relief from the pain and cosmetic problems of varicose veins because the laser heat destroys the problematic vein completely.
- Alternative for sclerotherapy for varicose veins. Your vein doctor may prescribe endovenous laser ablation for damaged veins instead of sclerotherapy.
Dr. Sobolevsky has performed over 25,000 minimally invasive procedures. This vein doctor and his team use image-guided, minimally invasive vascular and interventional radiology for the best outcomes in their Brooklyn vein practice.
Dr. Sobolevsky is a skilled and experienced Vein and Vascular Specialist. He was able to diagnose and treat my condition quickly and effectively. The procedure was painless and the results were impressive. I would highly recommend him for anyone seeking vein treatment.
How Is the Laser Ablation of Veins Done?
The goal of your endovenous therapy is to permanently close your problem veins. Your vein doctor recommends the EVLA procedure to kill off unsightly veins and eliminate symptoms, such as pain or heaviness in your legs.
The steps in the endovenous laser ablation procedure include:
- Your doctor performs a duplex ultrasound, which reveals the blood flow in the affected site in your legs. Your Vein and Vascular Specialist decides the best place to make the incision.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, a doctor’s assistant applies local anesthesia to numb the site of the incision.
- Keyhole incision. Your doctor makes a tiny, two-millimeter incision in your skin to insert the special laser catheter into the damaged varicose vein. The doctor passes a fiber through the catheter into the abnormal vein.
- Laser heat application. The vein doctor then delivers laser energy through the diode fiber to seal the faulty vein permanently. The laser energy heats and destroys the vein walls from within.
The vein doctors at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center offer individualized vein treatments for the most effective results. Your doctor checks you for any endovenous laser ablation complications before releasing you to leave the facility.
What Should I Expect after Laser Ablation?
After your EVLA procedure, you can expect some bruising at the incision site. This mild pain may last for a week, and your doctor may prescribe pain or anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the discomfort. Follow the endovenous laser ablation post-op instructions for a more effective recovery.
- Take an immediate walk after EVLA for 20 to 30 minutes before you go home.
- Make walking part of your daily routine at home to improve your circulation and prevent future issues with varicose veins.
- Resume your normal daily activities immediately, except for any rigorous exercise.
- Use the compression stockings prescribed by your doctor. You can remove the stockings when showering, but otherwise wear them throughout the day for about two weeks.
- Avoid inactivity for long hours.
- Check the incisions every day and contact the doctor immediately if you notice a problem.
Dr. Sobolevsky and his team of Vein and Vascular Specialists are available if you experience complications during your endovenous laser ablation recovery.
Endovenous laser ablation side effects are temporary, minimal and rare, but may include:
- An infection at the incision
- Blood clots
- Extreme pain
- Skin discoloration
- Nerve damage
- Redness or excessive bruising
Contact the best vascular doctors in NYC today to take advantage of endovenous laser ablation. An alternative to laser ablation is endovenous radiofrequency ablation. Downtown Vein & Vascular Center is located in Downtown Brooklyn, NY, but it serves all Brooklyn and greater New York City.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
Downtown Vein Treatment Center
480 Court Street, Ste 101
Brooklyn, NY 11231