Venous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. It uses radio-frequency or laser energy to burn out and close varicose veins(1).
It is used to relieve the synthesis of varicose veins, such as pain, swelling, leg heaviness, and skin irritation, etc.
Varicose veins are the abnormally enlarged veins mostly seen in the legs due to incompetency of the venous valves.
Venous valves ensure a one-directional flow of blood. When they become incompetent, blood accumulates in the veins leading to varicose veins.
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How is Venous Ablation Performed?
Venous ablation is performed by a trained radiologist. The equipment involves an ultrasound machine, radio-frequency electrode or laser fiber, and a catheter.
Your radiologist will take your medical history. He will ask you about any other health problem you’re suffering from. He will ask about the medication you’re taking as some blood-thinning medicines should be stopped as they increase the risk of bleeding.
During the procedure:
You will lie on a table and will need to wear a gown and eye protection glasses.
Your physician will use ultrasound guidance to track and visualize the path of the abnormal vein.
He will insert a catheter in the vein under sterile conditions. The procedure doesn’t need generalized anesthesia. Local anesthesia is applied at the point of insertion.
The physician will also numb the area around the affected vein by local anesthetics. It is the most uncomfortable part of the procedure as it may require multiple injections along the course of the vein.
Then your physician will insert laser fiber or radio-frequency electrodes through the catheter. Using laser fiber or radio-frequency electrodes, he will burn and close the abnormal vein under ultrasound guidance.
The insertion site is covered by a bandage. The whole procedure is done in about 1 hour and is done on an outpatient basis.
How does it feel During and After Venous Ablation?
Venous ablation is a harmless procedure to treat varicose veins. You will not feel pain as the process is performed under local anesthesia. However, some people may feel a little burning sensation.
After the process, you can resume your normal activities except long sitting or long travels. Avoid sitting idle as it can cause complications; however, abstain from extreme physical activities
Vascular Health specializes in venous ablation and other vascular therapies. Our team of professionals looks forward to provide you with the best vascular care. If you have varicose veins or any other vascular anomaly, book an appointment now
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