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Endovenous Laser Ablation – Wellington

If you suffer from varicose veins, you may have venous disease. If left untreated this can result in blood clots. If you live in Wellington, consider coming in to Goldman Vein to get Endovenous Laser Ablation to reduce these symptoms.

What is Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) procedure?

EVLA is a medical procedure used to close the saphenous vein in the leg, which is the superficial vein mainly associated with varicose veins. A tiny laser fibre is injected into the vein at around knee height. Laser energy guided by ultrasound is used to target the damaged vein and close it off while leaving it in place. Discomfort is minimal.

Are there Side Effects or Complications?

One might experience numbness, bruising and cramping in the leg after treatment. The varicose veins might reappear. Rarely, there are situations where the clot can extend into the deep vein system and cause a DVT (deep venous thrombosis).

Should this happen, a short course of blood thinners is warranted to treat and prevent further clot extension. Other infrequent complications are skin infection (which is prevented by performing the procedure under sterile conditions) and bleeding.

What to expect after vein ablation

Your leg will be wrapped in bandages. But, because the procedure is performed through a tiny skin nick, you won’t have a scar. It’s possible you’ll need also sclerotherapy to completely eradicate all varicose veins.

How long does it take to see results from vein ablation treatment?

While it takes around 4 to 6 weeks for the bruising to disappear, patients can see a noticeable difference in the visibility of their veins within as little as just one week. The final results are only to be expected after 1 month.


  • What are the benefits of vein laser treatment?
    • The treatment takes less than an hour and provides quick relief of symptoms.
    • You can return to normal activity sooner than with surgery.
    • There is no scar, because the procedure doesn’t require a surgical incision.
  • Where is ELA performed?
    • The procedure is performed our office. Typically, only one laser treatment is required per leg. Laser therapy is often combined with sclerotherapy to fully treat varicose and spider veins.
  • Will the laser damage my skin?
    • Vascular lasers target the pigment in blood, so blood vessels are destroyed without affecting surrounding skin.

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