Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment alternative to surgical stripping of the great or small saphenous vein that is insufficient and causing reflux or backward flow of the blood. After injecting a small amount of local anesthesia, we use ultrasound technology to guide the catheter into the vein. There are a few small needle sticks to the skin to anesthetize the area around the vein prior to using radio-frequency or laser technology to seal and collapse the vein. Following the procedure, a bandage or compression hose is placed on the treated leg. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and most individuals are able to return to work the next day. This procedure usually takes less than hour in the office and is a proven technology with high success rates compared to previous surgical treatments.
*Done under local anesthesia, general anesthesia is not used.
*Leaves no scars, almost nonexistent risk for infection because it is a small surgical procedure.
*Almost nonexistent risk because the procedure is done by viewing with the help of an ultrasound.
*The duration of care after the application is brief.
*It does not require restrictions in those with high blood pressure or diabetes.
*Does not create cosmetic problems because it leaves no surgical scar.
*Daily tasks like driving or working can be done comfortably in a short period of time after treatment.