WHAT IS VEIN ABLATION
Vein disease occurs when bad veins in our legs no longer do their job and allows blood to pool in our legs and reflux flow decreasing the performance of healthy veins. This can lead to many symptoms and enlarged varicose veins.
Venous ablation is an in-office procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to cauterize and close bad veins in the legs to alleviate symptoms such as swelling, achiness, fatigue, heaviness of the legs.
The leg being treated will be cleaned, sterilized, and covered with a surgical drape. Your physician will numb the area where the catheter will enter into the abnormal vein and use the ultrasound transducer or wand to study the vein and track its path. A very small skin incision is made at the site.
Using ultrasound guidance, a catheter or vascular access sheath is inserted through the skin and positioned within the abnormal vein. This catheter will then close the bad vein and then the catheter itself is removed from the body. No foreign objects are left inside the body.
A small bandage is used to cover the small skin opening and the leg is wrapped with a compression wrap. No stitches are needed. Most patients return to normal activity right away, though we ask that you do not over exert yourself for a few days. Depending on your daily activity level, we may discuss a few days off work or exercise when we meet for the initial consultation.
DO YOU NEED VEIN ABLATION
Generally used to help alleviate symptoms such as:
Open sores or ulcers