Varicose vein treatment, also known as endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help alleviate related symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars. Ultrasound is used to visualize the varicose vein. A laser fiber or radiofrequency electrode is advanced to the desired location within the vein. Laser or radiofrequency energy is then applied, heating the vessel and causing it to close. Following the procedure, the faulty vein will shrink. The doctors at Vascular Health Institute in Dallas, TX are experts at varicose vein ablation. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
You will be asked to wear protective glasses when lasers are in use.
An area of your leg will be cleaned, shaved and numbed.
You will feel a slight pin prick when the local anesthetic is injected.
This area will become numb within a short time.
You may feel slight pressure when the catheter is inserted, but no serious discomfort.
Injection of local anesthetic around the abnormal vein is the most bothersome part of the procedure because it usually requires multiple injections along the vein. Actual closure of the vein with laser or radiofrequency is usually not painful.
Following the procedure, you will need to wear a compression stocking.
You may resume your normal activity immediately, except for air travel or prolonged sitting (such as a long car trip). You should remain active to reduce the risk of complications such as blood clots, which are very rare.