Northside Vein Center and Clinic is the leading vein clinic in Chicago performing the Endovenous Laser Treatment to help reduce and cure varicose and spider veins. Patients who have been dealing with varicose veins can look to the Endovenous Laser with Dr. Summers as a solution to help reduce them.


What is the Endovenous Laser Treatment?

venacure-evlt-legIf you are ready to take action against your unwanted varicose veins, Endovenous Laser may be right for you. During an endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) procedure, a tiny laser fiber is inserted into the saphenous vein. Pulses of laser light cause the vein to collapse and seal shut, eliminating venous reflux, the main cause of varicose veins and their symptoms. EVLT is approved by the FDA for the treatment of varicose veins.

Endovenous laser treatment for the treatment and elimination of varicose veins is quickly becoming the gold-standard in the treatment of varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Treatment uses laser energy, which is simply a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, so as not to affect the surrounding tissue. Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all types of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology. In the hands of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk for complications than conventional surgery.

In endovenous laser treatment, a thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein through a very small entry point in the skin. A laser light is emitted through the fiber, as the fiber is pulled back through the vein, it delivers just the right amount of energy. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body’s blood flow. The blood flow simply re-routes to normal veins.

EVLT has been successfully and safely used to ablate the great and small saphenous veins, the anterior and posterior accessory great saphenous vein, the superficial accessory saphenous vein, the anterior and posterior circumflex veins of the thigh as well as the thigh extension of the small saphenous vein, including the vein of Giacomini.

EVLT has been used to treat long straight competent tributary veins outside the superficial fascia, particularly in patients who are obese and who either sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy would be difficult, time consuming, or prone to side effects.

The procedure is minimally invasive and requires no general anesthesia. Only local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the physician is working. Patients are encouraged to walk I immediately after the procedure and can resume normal activities the same day.

Is Endovenous Laser Covered By Insurance?

Your insurance company may cover some of your procedure—so check with them before you schedule your consultation. Dr. Summers can answer all of your pricing and financing options at your consultation in the Chicago or Lakeview offices.