Venous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment performed at the Minneapolis Vein Center for superficial venous reflux. Using state of the art technology, venous ablation provides an alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery.
During this outpatient procedure, your leg will be evaluated using ultrasound and the affected vein localized. You will receive local anesthesia to numb the skin entry site on your leg and along the treatment path. A thin catheter, or tube, is inserted into the vein through a small opening, using only a single needle stick. The catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) or laser energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over to empty blood from your legs. As normal blood flow is re-established, your symptoms should improve noticeably. An ultrasound exam will be repeated to verify the vein is completely sealed.
Patients scheduled for venous ablation should arrange for transportation as they will be sedated for the procedure and should not drive for the rest of the day.
The procedures typically take approximately 45-60 minutes, although we advise patients to plan on spending roughly 2 hours at the Minneapolis Vein Center.
Ninety-eight percent of patients who have undergone venous ablation would recommend it to a friend or family member with similar leg vein problems.
The vast majority of patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms and appearance following the procedure. Expect a short recovery period and then to resume normal activities in a few days with minimal to no long-term scarring.
- After treatment, wear compression stockings for one week.
- You can begin walking the same day; however no vigorous exercise or lifting more than 15 pounds for two weeks after the procedure.