Endovenous thermal ablation, also known as endovenous laser or radiofrequency therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure designed to address varicose veins—enlarged and twisted blood vessels typically found in the legs, feet, and ankles. In this treatment, healthcare providers use a laser or high-frequency radio waves to seal off the varicose veins, facilitating the restoration of normal blood flow by allowing healthy veins to take over. This procedure aims to alleviate the symptoms associated with varicose veins by efficiently closing off the affected vessels.
Endovenous thermal ablation is a procedure for medium to large varicose veins in the legs. These veins often appear as bulges in a bluish or skin-colored tone.
Symptoms of varicose veins:
Varicose veins happen when valves in leg blood vessels weaken, causing blood to pool. The procedure shrinks varicose veins, redirecting blood to healthier veins. This makes treated veins invisible and not palpable.
People may choose removal for cosmetic reasons. Also, treating varicose veins can prevent complications like deep vein thrombosis, skin sores, or bleeding.
Endovenous thermal ablation is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced healthcare professional. Potential side effects may include pain, bruising, numbness, and in rare cases, blood clots in the legs. If you experience any side effects following the procedure, it is expected that they will typically resolve within a few weeks.
Prior to scheduling your procedure, it is essential to inform your healthcare provider about all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are currently taking. There may be a need to discontinue specific medications before the procedure, and your provider will provide detailed instructions regarding any necessary changes. Additionally, your healthcare provider will discuss your symptoms and address any other health conditions you may have during the consultation.
Before your procedure, your doctor will administer anesthesia to ensure you don’t feel any pain. This includes:
During the endovenous thermal ablation:
The entire procedure typically takes about an hour, with the actual laser treatment lasting three to five minutes. It’s an outpatient procedure, allowing you to go home on the same day.
To facilitate optimal healing of the incision, adhere to the following guidelines:
After your procedure, make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home. To support your recovery, follow these guidelines:
In the event of potential complications, such as a blood clot, promptly seek medical attention if you experience:
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