Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

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Our specialists treat varicose veins using techniques that offer better results with smaller entry points. Call 310-481-7545 to learn more about Vein and Vascular Center.

Treatment for:

Chronic venous reflex

How it’s done:

EVLT is performed by making a small puncture in the lower leg, usually a few inches above the inside of the ankle area. Lidocaine is injected along the vein to help numb the leg during the procedure. A special catheter is inserted through the puncture to close down the vein. You will be prescribed a numbing cream to place on your leg the day of the procedure. Ablations typically last about an hour.

Level of anesthesia:

Local lidocaine injection

Risks of procedures:

Most procedures carry a risk, for these venous treatments the risks are minimal. Complications may include allergic reaction, bleeding, blood clots, ulceration, infection, or non-closure of the vein.


You will be required to wear a compression stocking for a week after the procedure. An ultrasound will be done 1-2 weeks after the procedure.

Minimal pain is experienced with this procedure and you may drive yourself to and from the appointment.

For more information:

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call the UCLA Varicose Vein Clinic.