Tips for successful endovenous laser ablation

Acta Chir Belg. 2009 Jul-Aug;109(4):551-4. doi: 10.1080/00015458.2009.11680484.


Background: Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is increasingly used as an alternative to open surgery for superficial venous incompetence. EVLA is a new technique and the success may vary with surgeons. The authors have summarised few practical tips for improving the success rates of surgeons who are lacking experience in this area.

Method: This article contains various tips for EVLA practising surgeons and trainees is based upon recent literature and the authors experience.

Discussion: The success rate of EVLA can be improved by understanding the principles of EVLA and by repeated practice and follow ups.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthetics, Local / administration & dosage
  • Endoscopy / methods
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Duplex
  • Varicose Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Varicose Veins / surgery*
  • Venous Insufficiency / surgery


  • Anesthetics, Local