In recent years, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) has replaced traditional surgical method of treating varicose veins. This procedure uses laser to heat the veins instead of surgically removing them. The heat produces a steam bubble inside the vein, which destroys the vein walls, causing the affected vein to collapse. The body, in turn, naturally absorbs the dead tissue.

EVLA can be safely performed in an ordinary doctor’s office as opposed to an operating room. It only requires a local anesthesia and lasts approximately 30-60 minutes per leg. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Michael Omidi will perform an ultrasound scan and mark the affected veins with a pen. After making a very fine incision at the site, he will then insert a catheter to position it inside the affected vein. The laser fiber is then inserted through the catheter to heat the vein and seal it permanently.