Varicose Vein Ablation Q & A
What is Varicose Vein Ablation?
Varicose vein ablation treatment, also known as endovenous ablation, uses one of several methods to 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 device is advanced to the desired location within the vein, and when the treatment is performed, the faulty vein will shrink.
What will I experience during the procedure?
The procedure is performed as follows:
- An area of your leg will be cleaned, shaved, and numbed.
- You will feel a slight pinprick 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. The closure of the vein is usually not painful.
- You will be required to wear compression stockings for a week after the procedure. An ultrasound will be done 1-2 weeks after the procedure. Minimal pain is experienced with this procedure, and you may drive yourself to and from the appointment.
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.