Are you tired of looking at your unsightly varicose veins? Are they causing you pain or discomfort? If so, it’s time to get rid of them! There are several vein treatments available to remove varicose veins, but your doctor will determine which treatment is best for you. For this article, we will focus on Endovenous Ablation.
Endovenous Ablation or Endovenous Laser Treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure for varicose veins. It takes less than an hour to perform. Of all vein treatments, this procedure is known to be the most effective and least invasive.
This procedure is done right in the doctor’s office and requires a local anesthetic.
During this procedure, a patient lays on his or her back with legs elevated; the treatment area will be cleaned and shaved. The patient will be injected with a local anesthetic via a thin needle and will only feel a small prick. The treatment area will become numb.
This procedure uses radio frequency energy delivered through a thin catheter to treat the cause of the varicose vein. A small incision is made and the catheter is inserted into the diseased vein. With the guidance of an ultrasound machine, heat is applied to the vein through the catheter. The radio frequency energy heats and collapses the veins with unhealthy valves. The radio frequency energy will shrink and seal the large vein that is causing the varicose veins. After the vein is treated, the heat and catheter will be removed. A bandage will be placed on the incision in case minimal bleeding occurs.
A patient can take an anti-inflammatory medication for the first few days after the treatment to lessen any inflammation and pain. Depending on pain level, the doctor will determine if a person needs prescription medicine, or if over-the-counter medicine will be sufficient for pain relief.
Patients recover from Endovenous Ablation quickly; they can resume normal daily activities by the next day. With this procedure, patients will be asked to wear a compression stocking for a week after the procedure to reduce any swelling, bruising, or development of blood clots. Strenuous activities and exercises can be resumed two weeks after the procedure. Prolonged sitting and standing should be avoided, and frequent walks are recommended.
Get Your Varicose Veins Treated by a Tampa Vein Specialist
If you have varicose veins and think you may be a candidate for endovenous ablation, schedule a consult with a vein specialist, like Dr. Peter Mikhail, today. Dr. Mikhail will examine your legs and determine the best vein treatment plan. He treats varicose veins, spider veins, and other venous inefficiencies in the cities of Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa vein treatment page or call 727-312-4844.