10 FAQ's About EVLT

1. What is EVLT?

EVLT stands for Endovenous Laser Therapy. It is an ultrasound-guided technique used for treating varicose veins using laser energy. During an EVLT procedure a tiny (less than 1mm) laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein followed by an application of laser energy to heat and close the malfunctioning veins. An EVLT procedure usually takes less than 1 hour. At Elmore Medical, EVLT is performed as an in-office procedure and a majority of patients resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.

2. How do I know if I am a good candidate for EVLT?

If you are suffering from painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, leg heaviness or swelling, restless legs, skin discoloration or non-healing wounds you are a good candidate for an EVLT procedure.

3. How do I prepare for an EVLT Procedure?

Make sure to wear loose-fitted and comfortable clothes on the day of your treatment. Please arrive early to check in and prepare for the procedure. Our vein specialists will perform the EVLT procedure under local anesthesia.

4. What is the recovery time after the procedure?

EVLT is a well tolerated, minimally invasive procedure and there is little-to-no recovery time. A majority of our patients resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.

5. Do I need to take time off work after an EVLT procedure?

No, you don’t need to take time off after an EVLT procedure.

6. What can I expect after an EVLT procedure?

After an EVLT procedure the symptoms of painful varicose veins, swollen or bulging veins, leg pain, cramps, leg heaviness or swelling will gradually disappear and you will have a better quality of life and mobility.

7. Will the laser damage my skin?

No. Vascular lasers target the pigment in blood, so blood vessels are destroyed without affecting surrounding skin.

8. What is the success rate of an EVLT procedure?

Clinical studies have shown a success rate of 98%.

9. Is EVLT approved by FDA?

Yes, EVLT is an FDA approved procedure and is considered to be one of the most effective vein treatments currently available.

10. Is the cost of my treatment covered by insurance?

At Elmore Medical, we participate in most insurance plans, most of which consider the initial venous evaluation, ultrasound, and treatment to be covered and necessary medical expenses. Our staff is trained to assess your insurance plans and determine if your insurance will cover your evaluations and treatments.


Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center is the premier vein specialty medical practice in the Central Valley. Dr. Mario H. Gonzalez and his staff offer years of experience and medical expertise that you won’t find anywhere else. Contact us today to set up a consultation appointment.

Jennifer Guidry