What is Endovenous Thermal Ablation?
Endovenous Thermal Ablation Procedure
You will be given a relaxing medication and an anti-inflammatory before the procedure. Your leg is sterilized and local anesthesia is applied to the treatment area.A catheter is inserted into the vein through a small incision generally below the knee. The ablation device is then inserted into the catheter. When the ablation device is turned on, the heat it generates closes the vein and the catheter is slowly pulled down the length of the vein, closing it permanently.
Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that lasts approximately two hours. After the procedure, prescription strength compression stockings must be worn for a short time. However, you’ll be able to resume most normal activities almost immediately. There is virtually no scaring from the procedure because the incision to insert the catheter is only a few millimeters in length.