Endovenous procedures are advanced, minimally invasive techniques that can be used for the treatment of varicose veins. These procedures are called “endovenous” because they are performed from the inside of the vessel, using a catheter-like device that can be inserted directly into a vein and used to eliminate the vein itself. Common endovenous treatments include endovenous laser ablation, endovenous radiofrequency ablation and endovenous chemical sclerotherapy. These FDA-approved procedures are safe and effective, and eliminate the complications associated with invasive vein surgery. Endovenous therapies can be performed at a doctor’s office on an outpatient basis, cause minimum discomfort, and allow patients to resume normal activities almost immediately after the treatment.
A Choice of Endovenous Treatments Gives Patients More Options
In endovenous laser ablation, an optical fiber, guided by high frequency ultrasound techniques, is inserted through the catheter into the vein being treated. Laser light is pulsed directly into the saphenous vein or other problem vessel. The laser heats the interior of the vein, sealing it and preventing blood from entering. The varicose vein contracts, shrinks, and gradually dissolves, and in a matter of weeks is absorbed by the body. Veins on the surface of the skin connected to the treated varicose vein also often shrink after endovenous ablation. In endovenous radiofrequency ablation, radio waves rather than laser light are used to heat and seal the vein. Endovenous chemical sclerotherapy employs a chemical solution injected into the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually dissolve. With all these procedures, healthy veins take over the flow of blood previously handled by the eradicated vein.
The type of endovenous procedure chosen for treatment of a given vein condition is based on factors including the size of the vein and the patient’s medical history. Make sure your care provider has experience with these new procedures before undergoing any treatments. Call or email us to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians today, and you can see your problem veins start to disappear tomorrow.