What is Endovenous ablation?
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins and other venous disorders. It involves the use of a laser or radiofrequency energy to seal off the affected vein, causing it to shrink and eventually disappear.
During the procedure, a small incision is made near the affected vein, and a thin catheter is inserted into the vein. The catheter delivers laser or radiofrequency energy to the vein, which heats and damages the walls of the vein. The heat causes the vein to collapse and seal shut, and blood is rerouted to healthier veins.
Endovenous ablation is often used as an alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery, which is a more invasive procedure that requires general anesthesia and a longer recovery time. Endovenous ablation can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, and patients can typically return to normal activities within a day or two.
Endovenous ablation is considered a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins and other venous disorders. It has a high success rate and a low risk of complications, such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks and potential complications, and patients should discuss their individual risk factors with their doctor before undergoing the procedure.