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What type of anesthesia is used for endovenous ablation (EVLT)? Santa Monica Vein Center in Los Angeles - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

The endovenous ablation treatment is one of the most effective nonsurgical techniques for the management of venous insufficiency and vein problems.  The patients with varicose veins and symptomatic vein disease may benefit from this minimally invasive procedure.  Unlike vein stripping that was performed in the past, endovenous ablation has minimal downtime and recovery.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a specialist in the management of varicose veins and venous insufficiency and has authored several chapters in nationally recognized publications on vein disease.  He has been featured on the popular television shows demonstrating his innovative approach to varicose veins and spider veins. 


Dr. Karamanoukian also specializes in endovenous ablation and performs both EVLT and VNUS procedures.  Treatments with EVLT are performed in an outpatient accredited operating room under local anesthesia.  A small amount of local anesthetic is used to harmlessly anesthetize the area around the vein in order to effectively eliminate the venous reflux and safely collapse the unwanted and ineffective vein in the leg.  If you have questions about venous insufficiency and varicose veins, a consultation regarding EVLT and endovenous ablation can be made with Dr. Karamanoukian in his Los Angeles office. 


EVLT procedure require only local anesthesia, and if necessary the patient may request a prescription medication to reduce anxiety during the procedure.  All efforts will be made to eliminate and decrease the discomfort experienced during the procedure.  However most patients will report that the endovenous ablation is relatively painless with minimal recovery.  If you have questions about varicose vein treatment, please call our Los Angeles office at 310-998-5533.  Our vein surgery patient care coordinator can facilitate your consultation request and help you schedule your treatment for vein problems.  Please call 310-998-5533.




The Santa Monica Vein Center accepts most major insurance plans as an Out-of-Network healthcare provider.  We strive to provide you with the most up-to-date solutions for your varicose vein and venous problems.  Please contact our Los Angeles vein clinic at (310) 998-5533 for information regarding insurance coverage, laser treatments, pricing estimates, and consultation requests.  Our office offers the EVLT, Venefit, Clarivein, VNUS, Ultrasound sclerotherapy, Foam Sclerotherapy, and Laser Vein options. 

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