Endovenous Ablation is one of the latest alternatives to traditional surgical procedures such as vein stripping. This treatment addresses vein disease from the inside of the vein, offering improved results to veins stripping with no risk of general anesthesia, no scarring left on the skin and a less than 5% recurrence rate that is markedly improved compared to vein stripping, and minimal recovery time. Endovenous ablation can be performed through a variety of technology, making it easy for the physician to customize treatment to a patient’s specific needs.
Types of Endovenous Ablation:
Endovenous ablation can be performed using two different technologies:
Laser Energy Also referred to as endovenous laser Therapy or EVLT. This procedure uses a thin narrow fiber to administer laser heat into the affected vein.
Radiofrequency Energy This procedure is also known as radiofrequency ablation. This treatment uses RF energy to heat instead of the laser energy, which is administered in a similar fashion through a narrow catheter in 20 second increments until the entire vein is treated.
The laser or RF energy heats the wall of the affected vein, causing it to seal shut. Blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby, while the treated vein is gradually eliminated through the body’s natural mechanisms.
You should notice a marked improvement in your symptoms immediately after the procedure with little downtime. Your leg will be bandaged for 2 days.