Dr. Golan at North Shore Vascular 1-847-441-2700
The treatment of large varicose leg veins has advanced significantly over the past five years. Previously, most large varicose veins were treated through an in-hospital procedure commonly known as “vein stripping” (or “ligation and stripping” which is still used in some very difficult cases). Vein stripping removes the problematic veins, but the postoperative recovery can be painful and prolonged.
Today, though, virtually all large varicose veins can be treated through an office-based procedure known as Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT, also called “endovenous laser ablation”). The laser does not actually remove the affected vein but seals it, permanently closed – and prevents blood from pooling in it – thus also removing the discoloration and bulging.
Endovenous Laser Therapy is a highly effective and safe treatment for varicose veins. The post- procedure recovery is usually uneventful, with patients experiencing minimal discomfort, bruising or swelling. And usually you are able to return to normal activities within a few days.
When Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) received FDA approval in 2002, Dr. Golan was the first vascular surgeon in the Chicago area to learn the procedure and has since performed over 2500 laser vein procedures. Today, he is considered one of the foremost experts in EVLT and other treatments for varicose veins. Dr. Golan is a sought-after consultant on varicose vein conditions and has trained over 250 physicians throughout the country on the procedure.
To find out more information about endovenous laser therapy and varicose vein treatments, please visit VascularWeb.org.