What is Endovenous Ablation?
Endovenous ablation (endovenous laser treatment) is a minimally-invasive vein treatment that treats varicose veins. It has been in practice for the last 15 years. It is a quick procedure that takes less than an hour. This vein treatment is known to be the most effect and least invasive. This procedure uses radio frequency energy delivered through a thin catheter to treat the varicose vein.
This procedure takes place in a doctor’s office with a local anesthetic. A patient will lay on his or her back, legs elevated. The treatment area will be cleaned and shaved before the local anesthetic is injected. Once the area is numbed, a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein through a small incision. The doctor will use a ultrasound machine to help guide him as heat is applied to the vein through the catheter. The radio frequency energy heats and collapses the veins with unhealthy valves. This energy shrinks and seals the vein that is causing the varicose veins. After the treatment is applied, the heat and catheter are removed. A bandage is placed on the incision site.
After the procedure is completed, anesthetic lasts for a few hours. It is recommended that patients take anti-inflammatory medication to lesson any pain or inflammation. If the pain is severe, the doctor may prescribe a medication.
Endovenous ablation is known to have a quick recovery, and patients resume normal, daily activities the following day. After the procedure, patients must wear compression stockings for a week to help reduce swelling, bruising, and/or the development of blood clots. Exercise and any other strenuous activity can be resumed two weeks following the procedure. Patients should avoid prolonged sitting or standing for a few weeks after the procedure, and frequent walks are encouraged to keep the blood flowing.