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The new EVLT laser treatment (endovenous laser therapy) available from BMI Healthcare typically requires no general anaesthetic or overnight hospital stay.
As the days grow longer and the air gets warmer, most us are longing for summer to arrive so we can ditch the layers. But for the 30% of people in the UK who have prominent varicose veins, baring their legs for summer is more of a trial than a treat1.
Getting rid of varicose veins typically requires a major operation under general anaesthetic. However, there are treatments available which remove varicose veins with minimal invasiveness and no need for a hospital stay, including EVLT (endovenous laser therapy).
The EVLT procedure takes about an hour in total and requires the surgeon to make very tiny incisions, so there is little to no scarring. It is carried out under local anaesthetic, which means there is no need to stay in hospital overnight.
Some people feel tightness in the treated area, which can be managed by taking regular anti-inflammatory drugs. There may also be some bruising, which should clear up after a few days.
Most people recover very quickly and are back to work and normal life activities within a few days; sometimes as soon as the day after the procedure. EVLT is relatively safe and complications are uncommon. Injury to the nerves in the treated area is possible, but when it does occur it’s usually only temporary2.
EVLT versus ‘high tie and strip’
“Varicose vein surgery has changed beyond all recognition in the last 10 years,” enthuses Consultant Vascular Surgeon Eddie Chaloner. “Many are put off from seeking treatment by the memories of friends or relatives speaking about the operation to remove them in the past, which entailed a general anaesthetic, several large incisions on the leg and a prolonged six-week recovery.” EVLT is a different experience to the previous ‘high tie and strip’ procedure.
The most significant improvement compared to the old style operation is the high long-term success rate. Five years after the operation, just 5% of people experience a recurrence of their varicose veins. For people who undergo a ‘high tie and strip’ operation, there is a 30% chance of the veins returning within five years3.
Combined with the ease of having the operation done and the speed of recovery, this high success rate makes EVLT a fantastic option for anyone who wants to treat painful or unsightly varicose veins.
EVLT is available through the NHS, but treatment is reserved for patients with medically problematic varicose veins, such as severe pain or complications such as leg ulcers or swelling1. You can access this treatment by paying for it yourself. Our competitively priced treatment packages make EVLT more affordable than you might realise. You can also spread the cost by paying with the BMI Card, which enables you to make interest-free payments over 12 months.
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