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Laser Treatment – EVLT for Varicose Veins

Today, virtually all large varicose veins are treated through an office-based procedure known as Endovenous Laser Therapy or EVLT.

Modern Practices

Treatment of large varicose leg veins has advanced significantly over the past 15 years. Previously, most large varicose veins were treated through an in-hospital procedure known as “vein stripping”   but, the postoperative recovery can be painful and prolonged. Today, virtually all large varicose veins are treated through office-based procedures. Endovenous Laser Therapy or EVLT, also called “endovenous laser ablation” is a minimally invasive procedure that permanently seals the vein closed, preventing blood from pooling.

When EVLT is combined with a microphlebectomy (which removes smaller varicosities), the results are significantly enhanced.

EVLT 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. Usually, you can return to normal activities within a few days.

Results that you can count on.


When EVLT received FDA approval in 2002, Dr. Golan was the first vascular surgeon in the Chicago area to learn the procedure. Today, he is considered one of the foremost experts in EVLT. 

Dr. Golan is a sought-after consultant on varicose vein conditions and has trained over 600 physicians throughout the country on the laser vein procedure.