Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery (ELAS)
What is Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery?
Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery is a modern method of treating diseased veins. A normal vein is able to carry blood because it contains valves. The valves direct blood towards the heart and stop the blood from returning to the foot. Once the valves fail, the vein becomes enlarged. As the vein enlarges, additional valves fail, increasing reflux. To resolve the problem, the diseased vein must be closed and the blood re-routed to healthy veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Procedure
Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery is an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia. The diseased vein is identified and mapped out (marked) by ultrasonography while standing. In the procedure room, the patient lies on the table and a laser fiber is introduced into the vein. The correct position of the fiber is ensured by imaging the vein and the fiber. Local anesthesia is injected around and along the vein to be treated. The laser fiber is activated. The fiber is slowly withdrawn and the heat of the fiber closes the vein. The leg is wrapped afterwards. Over time, the vein transforms into a scar. Following the procedure you are encouraged to walk. You will be examined the next day to ensure a satisfactory recovery.
Schedule a consultation
If you are suffering from a vein disease and would like to learn more about Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery, call (713) 349-8346 to schedule a consultation at Vein Center Houston.