EVLT stands for EndoVenous Laser Therapy. After radiofrequency ablation (Closure) became available, laser companies developed a laser system designed for the same purpose. Unfortunately, laser is a less controllable source of heat and there is generally more bruising and pain with the procedure because of damage to tissues around the vein. It was attractive to surgeons because it was faster than the original Closure procedure. The new ClosureFAST catheter, however, is as fast or faster than laser, but with the advantage of less tissue trauma. We don’t use EVLT at Vein Surgery and Treatment Center.
About the Author: Dr. Daniel Monahan
Daniel L. Monahan, M.D. opened Vein Surgery and Treatment Center of Northern California in 2001. The name changed to Monahan Vein Clinic in 2011. He is board-certified in surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Treating vein disease is not something to learn in a weekend course. Dr. Monahan’s formal training included more experience in vein treatment than typical surgical training, and he carried this expertise into his practice.