Endovenous Vein Ablation

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Endovenous Vein Ablation

Endovenous vein ablation is of the most modern and least invasive methods of treating varicose veins in the legs. This technique treats damaged veins safely, with minimal surgery, and no downtime.

What is Endovenous Vein Ablation?

During endovenous vein ablation, anesthetic will be applied to the treated area. Then, a tiny incision will be made and a small catheter will be inserted along the affected vein. Using one of two techniques, the vein will then be closed off and disabled:

  • Endovenous Laser – A laser fiber is used to heat the varicose veins
  • Radiofrequency closure – Gentle radiofrequency energy is used to seal the veins

Endovenous vein ablation is guided by ultrasound, allowing the treated area to be fully visualized and ensuring precision and accuracy. After the varicose veins are sealed, blood flow is redirected through healthy veins and the treated vessels are left in place to reduce healing time.

Am I a Good Candidate for Endovenous Vein Ablation?

Although some patients seek treatment of their varicose veins for cosmetic reasons, others experience symptoms including:

  • Aching pain in the legs
  • Skin discoloration or sores
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation

Endovenous leg ablation entirely relieves these symptoms in most patients. Your health and medical history will be evaluated as well as the condition of your varicose veins, to determine if endovenous vein ablation is the best course of treatment for you.

Is There Any Recovery Time?

Typically, stitches are not required because the incisions made during these procedures are too small, although a bandage may be applied. Any residual discomfort can usually be controlled with prescribed medication and a daily walking regimen may be suggested in order to maintain circulation while the area heals.

Treated veins are permanently disabled but are kept in place to keep recovery time to a minimum. After treatment, it is always possible for new varicose veins to develop elsewhere in the future, however, thorough diagnosis and treatment, the vascular conditions are addressed at the source to significantly reduce the opportunity for damaged veins to recur.