Chronic venous reflex
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.
Local lidocaine injection
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 or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call the UCLA Varicose Vein Clinic.