Endovenous ablation is a treatment for varicose veins that uses either laser or electric current to remove the damaged vein. Endovenous means inside the vein and ablation means heat. If you have painful varicose veins you want removed, endovenous ablation may be your best option to get rid of them.
How Does Endovenous Ablation Work?
Our specialist uses ultrasound to see the size and extent of the varicose vein. A minuscule catheter is inserted into the end of the vein with the fiber that will carry the laser or radiofrequency heat. A local anesthetic may be used. The heat energy causes the vein to close so it can no longer carry blood and it becomes scar tissue. The other healthy veins take the blood back to the heart. When the vein collapses, it will shrink until it disappears. Endovenous ablation leaves virtually no scarring.
What to Expect
When you talk to our vein specialist, you will learn how to prepare for the procedure and how to care for your leg afterwards. It is an outpatient procedure and done in our offices. After the catheter is pulled out and the varicose vein is destroyed, pressure will be put on the vein to make sure it stays closed and prevent bleeding. A bandage will be put on the site.
What Can Endovenous Ablation Do for You?
The main benefits of endovenous ablation are:
- The treatment does not require stitches
- It is more effective and has less complications than vein stripping
- It is a safe treatment
- It is minimally-invasive compared to standard vein surgery
- It may relieve the painful symptoms immediately after the procedure
- There is very little downtime
During your first consultation with our vein specialist at Pacific Vein Care in McHenry, IL you should mention any medications or allergies you have. Your varicose veins will be examined and the best course of treatment may be recommended. Endovenous ablation may be your best option for getting rid of your uncomfortable and unsightly varicose veins. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!