What To Expect The Day of Your EVLT Procedure at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay
Vein disease treatment in Tampa FL using EVLT (Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment) at The Vein & Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay, the largest group of private practice Board-Certified Vascular Surgeons in the Tampa Bay area.
Venous Insufficiency Diagnosis
After having a consultation with one of our Tampa vascular surgeons, and based on your history and physical exam, you were diagnosed with venous insufficiency.
Then an ultrasound was performed to confirm this diagnosis and to identify the diseased veins in your legs that need to be treated using our non-invasive Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment, also known as EVLT.
After having your ultrasound performed, and after your vascular surgeon has discussed your diagnosis with you, you have decided to move forward with the laser procedure.
Venous Insufficiency Treatment
With the understanding that all other treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of the EVLT procedure have been clearly explained to you, and you acknowledge and agree to have the procedure done, you will contact your surgical coordinator to schedule your EVLT treatment.
EVLT Pre-Op Instructions
Now that you have scheduled your EVLT procedure, by watching this pre-op video, you will find out what you need to do to prepare for your procedure. You will also get to see what will happen from the minute you arrive to The Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay until the EVLT vein procedure is complete and you are ready to go home.
In preparation for your EVLT, please follow these pre-op instructions:
- Please make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you to and from our vein clinic on the day of your procedure.
- Make sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing because your leg will be ace-wrapped from your foot all the way to your upper thigh. For women, we recommend wearing a dress or a skirt. For men, we recommend loose-fitting shorts or baggy sweatpants.
- There will be no need for you to stop taking any of your regular medications.
- You will have to purchase a pair of surgical compression hose which you will wear for the 10-14 days following your EVLT treatment. For your convenience, surgical compression hose are available for purchase at our office.
- Please do not apply any type of lotion or oil to your legs on the day of your procedure.
Arriving To Our Tampa Vein Clinic
The day of your procedure, please arrive to our vein clinic 30 minutes prior to your appointment time accompanied by a friend or family member.
When checking in, please present your insurance card, and if you have a patient responsibility, you will be asked to pay it at that time.
After checking in, one of our surgical technicians will greet you in the waiting area and escort you to the pre-op room.
EVLT Pre-Op Room
In the EVLT pre-op room, the surgical technician will have you read and sign the surgical consent forms.
Before you go to the procedure room, the vascular surgeon will come in to greet you and answer any questions you may have.
EVLT Treatment Room
You will then be escorted into the procedure room, where the surgical technicians will apply a cleansing solution to your leg to sterilize the area.
When the vascular surgeon comes into the procedure room to begin the laser vein treatment, he will start by numbing the area. You can expect to feel several small pinches. The laser will then be inserted into the diseased vein. Then the laser will be turned on, generating the heat required to close the diseased vein.
At this time, for the patients with varicose veins, the vascular surgeon will perform the micro-phlebectomy part of the procedure, which is the actual physical removal of the varicose veins.
After the EVLT vein treatment is completed, an ace wrap will be applied to your leg, then you will be walked to the recovery room.
EVLT Recovery Room
Once in the recovery room, the surgical technician will go over your discharge instructions. You will also be given a copy of the instructions to take home with you.
You will stay in the recovery room with your leg elevated for 20 minutes, then you will be escorted to your car so your friend or family member can drive you home.
Thank you for choosing The Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay as your vascular health care provider. We appreciate that you have put your confidence in us to treat your venous issues. If you have any questions about your laser ablation procedure, please call us at (813) 377-2773.