EVLT versus RFA
How does EVLT & Surgery compare?
|Recovery||1 day||2nd Week|
|Satisfaction No||99.8%||2nd Week|
|S/E bruising||< 30%||> 50%|
|S/E Pain||< 20%||> 70%|
How does EVLT & sclerotherapy compare?
|Primary use||Varicose veins||Spider veins|
|FDA clearance||2002||Foam – No; STD – 2004|
|Success rate (LSV)||93-98%||9-26% liquid68-80% foam|
|Complication (PE)||Not reported||Foam – CVA & embolism|
|No of treatment 1||1||3 or more|
How does RFA & EVLT compare?
|Complications – DVT; Phlebitis||0.3%||2.1%|
|S/E – bruising||< 35%||35%|
|S/E – Swelling||25%||25%|
|Post – op experience||Stocking + mobility tightness 4-7/7||Stockings + mobility|
Why is endovenous treatment so highly recommended?
- Quick treatment – one hour each leg
- No overnight hospitalization
- Up to 99% success rate
- Immediate relief of symptoms
- Back to normal activity immediately – with little or no pain
- No general anesthesia ( Except some cases where Spinal or Local anesthesia is not possible)
Why is RFA gaining in popularity?
- Much less painful post-operatively
- Very quick treatment – < 5 minutes
- Minimal chances of skin burns
- Long term results and success like EVLT