Endovenous Laser Ablation

Dr. Bruce R. Hoyle of the Advanced Vein Center in Orange, CA specializes in vein disorders. He’s a dominant figure in his field, which he demonstrated when he became one of the first 200 doctors in the nation to become certified in phlebology.

Endovenous Laser Ablation Q & A

by Bruce Hoyle, M.D.

What Is Endovenous Thermal Ablation (EVTA)?

Endovenous thermal ablation is a treatment that is typically used on incompetent saphenous veins, which are usually not visible but are a common cause of varicose veins. EVTA typically utilizes radiofrequency or laser energy to close these abnormal veins in the legs. The associated visible varicose veins may go away or may require treatment in a separate procedure called microphlebectomy.

Is It a Cosmetic Procedure?

ETA is not considered a cosmetic procedure although it may improve the appearance of some visible veins. Endovenous thermal ablation tends to be more commonly used to relieve the symptoms that arise as a result of venous insufficiency. For example, undergoing the procedure has the potential to relieve symptoms like swelling, aching, inflammation, and skin irritation.

How Safe Is It?

Endovenous thermal ablation is much safer than many other types of surgical procedures, primarily because it is done under local anesthetic; in many ways, it’s not any different than going to the dentist. The procedure is done through a puncture wound, so no suturing is required which results in minimal to no scars.

What Should a Patient Expect?

The patient should wear comfortable or loose-fit clothing. All articles of clothing including jewelry must be removed before the patient can be examined. The physician will use an ultrasound machine to access the vein with an IV catheter through which the radiofrequency device or laser fiber is inserted. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin and a dilute anesthetic solution is injected along the outside of the vein. The energy from the device is applied to the vein to heat it until it closes. The procedure is done in the office and the majority of patients are able to drive themselves to and from their visit. Not all doctors are able to do the procedure this way, so many patients are treated in the hospital or outpatient surgical center setting. Dr. Hoyle has performed thousands of these procedures in his office for more than 15 years. In fact, patients are able to resume most normal activities the next day, including returning to work.

What Are the Risks?

It’s possible to develop an infection. Bleeding, blood clots, and temporary numbness from nerve irritation can occur. These are extremely rare side effects. Tenderness is common but rarely requires pain medication stronger than Advil or Aleve. Many patients require no medication after the procedure.

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    "My initial consultation was refreshingly educational and Dr. Hoyle was very thorough in explaining my vein issues and treatment options."

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    "I had horrible, painful veins and Dr. Hoyle did the laser ablation procedure in his office. Not only was Dr. Hoyle amazing, but his staff were amazing as well! "

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Advanced Vein Center
1120 West La Veta Avenue, Suite 830
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-988-6124
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714-988-6124

Bruce Hoyle, M.D.
1120 West La Veta Avenue
Suite 830
Orange, CA 92868