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TVS1470 Laser Vein Procedure – Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery
Our Laser Vein Procedures are highly effective and are performed by our skilled surgeon Dr. James Sherman in Augusta, Ga.
ELAS is the name given to treatment of the saphenous vein reflux which uses laser energy. ELAS is quite similar to the VNUS Closure procedure which is also minimally invasive in nature, but there are some important differences. At Vein Specialists of Augusta, Dr. Sherman performs the endovenous laser ablation using the TVS1470 laser system.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery (ELAS) or EVLT Endovenous Laser Therapy are all essentially the same procedure, but are called by different names depending on the type of laser used. Each procedure involves inserting a laser fiber into the saphenous vein or other treated veins to seal (close) the leaking (refluxing) valves. TVS1470 Laser system uses the acronym ELAS.
What does ELAS stand for?
Endovenous laser ablation surgery
What does EVLT stand for?
Endovenous laser therapy
What does Endovenous mean?
Endovenous means inside the vein
Where is the Saphenous Vein located?
The saphenous vein is the longest vein in the human body. It extends from the top of the foot to the groin area.
Is Endovenous Laser Ablation surgery safe?
Endovenous laser ablation treatment is a remarkably safe, effective, and virtually painless procedure for the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. As with any procedure, there can be side effects or complications, so it is imperative to have the procedure performed by a highly qualified specialist vein doctor such as Dr. Sherman.
Is the Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery painful?
No, the Endovenous laser procedure is virtually pain-free because Dr. Sherman administers an aesthetic to assure each patient’s comfort.
How does this Laser Vein Procedure work?
First our physician Dr. Sherman, accesses the greater saphenous vein with a hollow needle. A thin wire is then passed through the needle and the needle is withdrawn. A slightly larger device, called an introducer is passed in over the wire and the wire is then removed. A laser filament with a diameter of less than 1/8 inch is then passed through the introducer into the vein and threaded up to within 1 1/2 cm. of the saphenofemoral junction in the groin. At this time an anesthetic mixture is injected along the length of the vein to be treated. The laser system that supplies the laser energy is then turned on and the filament is withdrawn at a rate that creates changes in the vein causing it to close. Dr. Sherman offers multiple solutions to treat varicose and spider veins.
Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery via the TVS1470 Laser
- Performed under local anesthetic, with or without oral sedation, in the office
- No IV, hospital stay, or recovery room time
- Minimally invasive, resulting in a very small risk of infection, blood loss, noticeable scars, or other significant problems
- Less than 1 hour treatment time on average
- Rapid recovery
- Normal daily activities are encouraged immediately after having EVLT ( with exception to strenuous exercise)
- You can return to work without using valuable paid time off for most occupations
- Excellent clinical and aesthetic results
- Minimal pain compared to outdated and more invasive treatments
- More cost effective than traditional treatments
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure a bandage (to supply compression) is applied to the leg and a compression stocking is put on over the bandage and both are worn overnight. The next day the bandage is removed and the compression stocking is worn during the day for the next 7 to 10 days. Normal activities can be resumed immediately with exception to jogging and other strenuous activities, those can be resumed after 7-10 days on average.
Patients should wait to do those strenuous activities until Dr. Sherman releases them to do so. Remember, everyone is different. Post operative instructions will be given to each patient prior to leaving the office the day of the procedure.
Request Your Consultation and Vein Ultrasound
The first step to solving your vein issues is to request a consultation and vein ultrasound to determine the best course of action and what type of vein procedure Dr. Sherman recommends for your specific vein issues Call 706-607-5740 to book, or request your appointment online by submitting the form below. “Our consultations and treatments are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. We also offer self pay options with personalized payment options”.
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