The answer is that ELVeS is simply a better choice for the treatment of varicose veins. It combines the effectiveness of surgery with the minimally invasive, in-office ease of sclerotherapy. ELVeS is a safe, routine procedure that uses fewer injections, less local anesthesia and offers a faster recovery time.
How does ELVeS® offer a better patient experience?
- Maximum patient comfort — less post-operative pain, bruising and swelling
- Excellent medical and cosmetic results
- Quick return to normal activities
- Short treatment time
How does ELVeS® work?
Your physician will use ultrasound to map the varicose vein. A thin fiber is inserted into the vein, and laser light energy will be emitted through the fiber, closing the vein. As the faulty vein closes, blood flow is rerouted to surrounding healthy veins. Veins on the surface of the skin that are connected to the treated vein usually shrink after treatment. The entire process takes about 45 minutes, and can be performed in your physician’s office.
What happens afterward?
After the procedure, you’ll be able to resume normal activities immediately, with the exception of rigorous exercise. Most patients feel no pain, though some experience minimal discomfort. Slight bruising may also occur. Any pain that is felt can be treated with non-prescription pain medication. As for the results, laser ablation has been performed on over 180,000 patients in the U.S. The procedure has proven highly effective with outstanding patient satisfaction levels. Recurrence rates in the treated veins are very low. With proper monitoring and prevention, recurrence drops to almost zero.