Questions about the EVTA Procedure
The treatment for varicose veins is called endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA)
. This is a minimally invasive procedure during which a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein by way of a small (1-2 mm) incision.
Heat is applied to the vein walls causing it to close. Your body then naturally re-routes the blood through other healthy veins.
The procedure is done under local anesthetic.
Below are some additional questions and answers regarding EVTA:
Q: Is the closure procedure painful?
A: Patients report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure.
Q: How quickly can I resume normal activity after EVTA?
A: Patients are walking immediately following the procedure and patients typically resume normal activities the same day.
Q: How soon will my varicose vein symptoms improve?
A: Most patients notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness, fatigue, and cramping.
Q: Is EVTA covered by insurance?
A: Most major insurance companies, including Medicare, cover all treatment options with the exception of Sclerotherapy, which is used for the treatment of spider veins. Your physician can discuss your coverage further at the time of the consultation.
For answers to any additional vein treatment questions you may have, please call our Vein Center at (903) 408-7730.