Laser for Veins


Endovenous Laser Ablation

Laser for Veins

Laser for veins: summary


Laser for veins is available at our state-of-the-art treatment centre and EVLA or Endovenous Laser Ablation is currently the most effective alternative to surgical stripping.  This is applied to large malfunctioning veins, the underlying cause of varicose veins. Treatments using laser for veins are performed as a “walk in walk out” procedure, under tumescent anaesthesia (diluted local anaesthetic). As a patient, you avoid the risks of general anaesthesia and the discomfort of traditional vein surgery.  

How does laser for veins work?


Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) uses a laser fibre, which is inserted into the abnormal vein via a small skin puncture.

The fibre is then fed into the vein under ultrasound guidance. Around the length of the vein, we inject a tumescent solution, providing local analgesia, and protecting the tissues around the vein from any heat damage. The solution also helps collapse the vein we are treating.

Then, we activate the laser and the fibre is removed slowly. The laser’s heat destroys the cells lining the vein wall, and the actual vein is then gradually resorbed by the body.  

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What to expect with a treatment based on laser for veins?

EVLA is very well tolerated, and has superior success rates (and lower recurrence rates) compared to surgery. The discomfort after your procedure is also less significant than after surgery, because we don’t physically remove the varicose vein. This is why, with laser for veins, your recovery time will be far shorter than with other techniques.

EVLA was popularised in the late 1990s by American Radiologist Dr Robert Min. In 2002, Endovenous Laser Ablation was introduced in Australia, and since then the side effects have been reduced thanks to further advances. For example, higher frequency laser energy is now used (1470 nm), as well as a more specialised laser fibre design.

The illustrations below show the “before/after” story of a 50yr old man suffering from varicose veins. The incompetent Great Saphenous Vein or GSV was feeding these veins, and we eliminated it through a single IV puncture site, using 1470 nm laser and a “radial” fibre for less discomfort. Two weeks later the “branch vessels” have reduced in size, and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy was administered at 3 months to close the small remaining branches. The last picture shows the 18 month follow-up, with all prominent veins resolved. Without the need for vein surgery!

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The Vein Clinic and EVLA


At The Perth Vein Clinic Dr Matar has used his particular expertise in Endovenous Laser Ablation ever since he was trained by world renowned EVLA expert Professor Mark Whitely (the inventor of laser perforator vein ablation). Dr Matar is the only Australian doctor, trained by Professor Whiteley in this technique using laser for veins. Dr Matar’s personal journey as a patient, has influenced his commitment to providing non-surgical vein treatments in Perth, and to offering “world class” treatments to his Perth patients. For Dr Matar, it’s all about avoiding the disabling consequences of venous incompetence (dysfunction) and varicose veins, and about minimising the downtime for his patients.


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