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Endo Laser Vein System®

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Endo Laser Vein System®, abbreviated as ELVeS, is a type of laser treatment used to treat venous reflux in the great saphenous vein. The great saphenous vein is a large superficial vein in the leg. Its primary function is to direct blood upward, from the feet to the larger femoral vein that runs up through the leg. When circulatory valves in the great saphenous vein fail to work properly, blood running through it can leak backward and cause swollen veins called varicose veins. The Endo Laser Vein System exposes the damaged veins to a very strong and concentrated beam of laser energy that will cause the veins to close up. Laser treatment with ELVeS is used to treat smaller varicose veins as well as small spider veins that cause redness in the face and legs.

The Endo Vein Laser System is not particularly strenuous on patients.  In fact, patients are typically able to walk out of the vein treatment center and quickly resume normal daily activities after the procedure. This type of laser treatment for various forms of varicose vein treatment and spider vein removal has become more common in recent years. It is thought to be safer because it is less invasive—although professionals in the medical community have noted that they are currently unsure of any long term effects that exposure to lasers may have on patients.

At the beginning of the Endo Vein Laser System procedure, a doctor uses a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Using an ultrasound machine to ensure maximum precision and care, the doctor then places a needle into the swollen vein. This tubular needle resembles those used in any intravenous (IV) procedure. Laser energy is then delivered through a fiber that is guided through the needle. During the procedure, doctors can actually use the ultrasound images to see what body tissue comes in contact with the laser energy.

Contact a vein treatment center listed in our medical directory for more information about treating damaged valves in the great saphenous vein. The entire Endo Vein Laser System treatment takes approximately 1 hour, and patients are very likely to see results right away. The doctor may ask patients to wear compression socks or compression stockings and to walk around for 20 minutes after the procedure, which assists the recovery process. It is generally recommended that patients make a follow-up appointment with their vein treatment center so that doctors can perform an additional ultrasound test and make sure that the veins have properly healed.

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