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The VenaCure EVLT procedure is minimally-invasive and can be performed in a doctor’s office. It addresses both the cosmetic and medical issues associated with varicose veins. Please click here for important risk information.
Because VenaCure EVLT vein treatment eliminates varicose veins where they start, the results can be obvious right away.
A local anesthetic is injected. Then, the thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a very small entry point. While you might feel an unfamiliar sensation, it’s not painful. This part of the procedure takes just a few minutes.
Immediately after the procedure, you’ll be encouraged to walk. You can resume most normal activities the same day.
If needed, you can take over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers for any temporary soreness.
A laser fiber is fired inside and along the length of the damaged vein. The laser energy heats the blood, which affects the vein wall, shrinking them closed so that blood can no longer flow through.
No. There are many veins in the leg and, after treatment, the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to normal veins with functional valves. The resulting increase in circulation can significantly relieve symptoms and improve appearance.
The VenaCure EVLT procedure, like all minimally invasive procedures, can potentially have some slight bruising, which commonly disappears within the first few weeks. You will feel a delayed tightness (or “pulling” sensation) 4-7 days after laser treatment, which is normal and expected following a successful treatment. All surgical procedures involve some element of risk and have the potential for complications. This should be balanced against the risk of complications if your varicose veins remain untreated. Consult your physician for further information. Click here for full risk information.
You will be given a pair of special glasses to wear to protect your eyes; however this is just a precaution against accidental firing of laser energy outside the body.
Recent clinical data shows closure rates of 98% 3.
Surgery (called ‘Ligation & Stripping’) was the traditional treatment, but it can be quite painful and often has a long recovery time. It is performed in a hospital, involves general anesthesia, leaves a scar, and varicose veins can reoccur. Other alternatives include ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (injection therapy) and radiofrequency electrosurgery.
The VenaCure EVLT procedure, when medically necessary for relief of symptoms, is commonly reimbursed by most carriers (including Medicare), limiting the cost to the patient. Contact your specific insurer for details.
It is always the provider’s responsibility to determine appropriate coding and charges for insurance claims. Before filing any claims, providers should verify the payer’s current requirements and policies.