Eliminate Your Varicose Veins
VenaCure EVLT treatment eliminates unsightly varicose veins with no hospital stay, minimal-to-no scarring, no lengthy recovery and minimal-to-no side effects. In less than an hour, you can be free from bulging, twisted varicose veins and back to enjoying your everyday activities. The VenaCure EVLT procedure is safe, fast, and effective.
The VenaCure EVLT system uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut and help you look and feel better fast.
- Treatment in less than an hour.
- Up to 98% success rate.
- Immediate relief of symptoms.
- Return to normal activity immediately – with little or no pain.
- No general anaesthesia or hospitalisation.
- Minimal-to-no scarring.
Here’s what to expect from the VenaCure EVLT procedure:
- Ultrasound is used to map out your vein.
- Local anaesthetic is applied.
- A thin laser fibre is inserted through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee.
- Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein.
- Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed; just avoid rigorous activities such as gym workouts.
- There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as necessary.
What about surgical stripping?
The traditional technique for surgical stripping is ligation and stripping of the great saphenous vein (GSV), the long vein that extends from the anklebone along the inside of the leg and thigh and empties into the femoral vein in the groin. Ligation and stripping involves tying off the abnormal vein (ligation) and physically removing it (stripping).
Ligation and stripping are performed in a hospital setting or outpatient surgical centre under local, spinal, or general anaesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision in the groin to expose the diseased vein which is tied off. The surgeon then makes a series of incisions along the leg from the thigh to a point just below the knee. Using a specialized stripping tool that is inserted and threaded through the incisions, the surgeon strips out the diseased vein.
A more recent variation on this technique involves inserting an instrument called a PIN stripper through a small incision in the leg. The stripper is advanced through the vein, its tip is sewn to the end of the vein, and the vein is pulled in on itself as it is stripped out of the leg. PIN stripping is performed in a hospital operating room or outpatient surgical centre under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with IV sedation.
During stripping, branch veins attached to the GSV are broken, causing blood to leak into surrounding tissues. This causes the postoperative pain, soreness and bruising experienced by ligation and stripping patients. Other potential complications include numbness from damage to surrounding nerves, chronic leg swelling from damaged lymphatic tissue, incision scars and allergic reaction to anaesthesia. Although the patient is usually able to return home the same day, recovery from vein stripping surgery typically takes up to four weeks, with patients side-lined for several days in the beginning.
Surgical vein stripping is far more invasive than the VenaCure EVLT™ procedure. Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery in 1999 revealed that vein stripping surgery was 71% effective in eliminating varicose vein, compared to a success rate of up to 98% for the VenaCure EVLT™ procedure. Endovenous laser vein therapy also causes less bruising and numbness and leaves minimal to no scars as compared to surgical ligation and vein stripping.