Specializing in the science and treatment of venous disease
Published: Apr. 2, 2009
Updated: July 27, 2010
Endovenous ablation is used to close abnormal surface veins, especially ones that are large, long, and straight.
An ultrasound guides the placement of a laser fiber or radio frequency device into the abnormal vein. Then the laser fiber or radio frequency device delivers heat to scar the abnormal vein shut.
Alternatives to endovenous ablation may include surgical removal of the veins or sclerotherapy (medical injections).
Although it is an outpatient procedure, your endovenous ablation is a real surgical procedure. This means that you must arrive on time, and provide us with a phone number where you can be reached throughout the day, as the schedule is subject to last-minute changes.
You should plan to be available throughout the entire day in case of a schedule change. We will try to accommodate your requests for the time of the procedure as best we can, but if you cannot be reached in case of a schedule change, your procedure may need to be rescheduled.
Before the surgery remember to:
Most patients report a significant improvement in their vein symptoms within a few days.