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What is 'endovenous ablation of varicose veins'?

Endovenous Ablation Of Vericose Veins

Kenneth W. Chin (M.D., F.A.C.R.) gives expert video advice on: What is 'endovenous ablation of varicose veins'?; What are the benefits of endovenous ablation of vericose veins?; What are the risks of endovenous ablation of vericose veins? and more...

What is 'endovenous ablation of varicose veins'?

Endovenous ablation of varicose veins is a procedure that is performed by the application of heat to veins in, usually the upper leg. In order to close that vein, this application of heat can be performed using radio frequency energy or laser.

What are 'varicose veins'?

Vericose veins are large veins that sometimes take a very curvy course, usually seen in the mid or lower leg. They can cause pain. They can cause heavy sensations within legs, or they can simply look ugly. These veins are developed largely because of abnormalities of the veins higher up, which lead to an increase in vein pressure.

What is endovenous ablation of vericose veins used for?

The purpose of endovenous ablation of varicose veins is to close down blood vessels in the upper leg that are leading to high pressures in the veins in the lower leg.

What can I expect during endovenous ablation of vericose veins?

During the endovenous ablation of vericose veins procedure, you can expect a small amount of pain when local anesthetic is applied to the vein. A catheter, or a thin plastic tube is passed up into the vein while you are anesthetised. The catheter is then withdrawn through the vein in order to heat it up and close it down. After the procedure, you'll be having dressings and stockings placed around the leg.

What does the equipment used for endovenous ablation of vericose veins look like?

The equipment used for endovenous ablation of varicose veins, includes a catheter which is placed into the vein. And a device which applies the energy to heat the inside of the vein. That can involve a radio frequency generator, which is a box. Or a laser generator, which also is a box that produces the laser light.

What are the benefits of endovenous ablation of vericose veins?

The benefits of endovenous ablation of varicose veins is that the recovery time is very short; this can be anywhere from one day to a week. Vein stripping, on the other hand, would require a much longer recovery time.

What are the risks of endovenous ablation of vericose veins?

The risks of the endovenous ablation procedure for varicose veins include the possibility of injury to some nerves that are near the vein or the possibility of developing some blood clot, although this is extremely rare, in the region where the vein was blocked off near the groin.

What are the limitations to endovenous ablation of vericose veins?

One of the limitations of endovenous ablation of varicose veins is that if some of the veins that need to be treated are too tortuous, they can't be catherized.