One of the most prominent treatments for varicose veins is endovenous ablation. This specific treatment uses a laser or radiofrequency technology to close the saphenous vein in the leg, which is the main superficial vein in the legs. With this process, the painful and unsightly varicose veins regress with no need for large incisions. You can obtain excellent results with minimal invasiveness and a short recovery time. But what is the process, and what should you expect? Let’s dive into the details!
What is Venuous Ablation?
Endovenous ablation is a procedure to treat varicose veins, so of course, those must be present for you to get the procedure. Varicose veins can become quite visible and painful, which is often when patients request treatment. If you have varicose veins, your vascular system is not producing adequate blood flow to the extremities. This treatment will enable normal blood flow by redirecting the flow to the deep vein system without compromising the blood flow to the affected leg. If you are looking for a treatment to your sore and unappealing varicose veins, this may be just the procedure for you!
Varicose veins are twisted veins just under the skin, usually in the legs, that are causes by damaged or weakened vein walls and/or valves associated with increased blood pressure in those veins. The symptoms include, but or not limited to, visible, bulging, and sometimes painful blue or purple veins, aching and heavy legs, pain when standing up, and skin discoloration in the affected areas.
What to Expect Before, During & for Recovery
Endovenous ablation is often an out-patient procedure with a small recovery period. To begin, the doctor will take an ultrasound of the affected location to gain better visibility of the vein structure. Numbing cream may be applied at this point, so no pain will be felt when the incision is made. When the small incision is made near the vein to be treated, the doctor will use the ultrasound technology to move the catheter into the affected vein. At this point, the electrode is routed through the catheter and exposed. After numbing the tissues around the vein, the vein will collapse around the electrode that is then heated through the fiber, causing the vein to close. The catheter is then removed slowly, and the incision is covered with a bandage. The process usually takes less than one hour from start to finish.
Once you have received this treatment, you are then allowed to return home. The recovery period is notably short. It is advised that you can begin walking immediately, but you are stronger advised to refrain from any strenuous activity involving your legs, such as weightlifting, climbing, and others for between 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Full recovery will take a few months to achieve, but that time should remain painless.
What are the Benefits & Risks of Venuous Ablation?
There are a few risks to this procedure, as with any. Rarely, this procedure causes blood clots within the deep vein system and a DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis. This clot can then break off and travel to the lungs or heart and cause other, more complicating symptoms. There is also a risk for skin infections and bleeding after the procedure, however those are extremely rare, as the incision is so minimal.
The perks of this procedure include the fact that you will begin to see results within a week. It may take up to a few months to see full results, and you may also require additional procedure dependent on the severity of the case. However, the benefits to this procedure are that it involves less pain and quicker recovery time, and the patient is given the ability to walk right after the procedure is complete. At the most, you can expect mild discomfort and bruising for 2-4 weeks post-op.
Varicose veins can be a difficult ailment to deal with, but with advancements in technology in the cardiovascular field, treatments such as endovenous ablation are providing patients with minimally invasive treatment options that require little to no recovery time. If you have any questions on this treatment or other questions about your vascular system, contact the specialists at CT Cardio.