Health Watch: EVLA Treatment on TV


USA TV station Fox 2 featured EVLA – endovenous laser ablation – the latest treatment for varicose veins. 

The programme explained:

“Ugly veins, pain and bleeding are symptoms of varicose veins in the legs can affect a person’s self-image and their ability to do their jobs.”

Vascular surgeon, Dr. Matthew Smeds explains that compression stockings can be an effective treatment:

“Compression stockings work for patients. What this does is it helps push the blood back from the toes all the way up to your thighs and it helps return the blood to your heart.”

However, compression stockings can be expensive and are not a practical solution for all patients.  Dr. Smeds then performs an endovenous laser procedure.  He explains:

“It’s like putting an IV in, basically below your knee.  And then through that IV, we pass a catheter up inside the vein which destroys the vein from the inside out.  And by destroying that vein, we’re decreasing the incompetence in your leg and so you are leaving only normal good veins behind.”

The reporter continues:

“The outpatient procedure is not done in an operating room but in a clinic, leaving many patients ready to bare their legs, work and stand as much as they need.”

Dr. Smeds concludes:

“They can do their jobs easier, if they don’t like the way their legs look their legs look better, .”

This procedure often allows patients to return to their normal levels of work and play and ready to bear their legs again.

Laser Varicose Vein Treatment


Endovenous Laser Ablation treatment is an advanced treatment for varicose veins using laser energy. This treatment is available in private clinics such as Cosmedics’ London Vein Treatment Centre.

Success rates are in excess of 95% and the procedure is done on a day case basis, with no requirement to have lengthy recovery time off work.

London Vein Treatment Centre

With the launch of the new Harley Street clinic, Cosmedics Skin Clinics now offer private varicose vein treatment at two London Vein Treatment Centres.

  • 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
  • 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH

The most popular option is EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).

They also offer foam sclerotherapy and micro surgery in order to provide a tailor-made service and the most comprehensive vein treatment solution for each individual.

For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.

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