Venous Ablation

Venous Ablation

Venous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for superficial venous reflux. With state-of-the-art technology, venous ablation provides an alternative to traditional vein-stripping surgery. During this outpatient procedure, 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. As normal blood flow is re-established, your symptoms should improve noticeably.

Who should consider venous ablation?

Experience has shown that the vast majority of patients with superficial venous reflux disease can be treated with venous ablation, including patients who have previously undergone vein stripping. To determine if venous ablation is appropriate for you, a diagnostic ultrasound exam and consultation is advised.

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The Venous Ablation Procedure


Venous ablation is an outpatient procedure performed at Minneapolis Vein Center in Plymouth.

What can I expect during the procedure?

Your legs will be evaluated using ultrasound, and the affected vein will be localized. Local anesthesia will be given at the catheter entry site and the treatment path to numb the entire area. The physician will access the vein through a small incision, and the catheter will be positioned and verified with ultrasound. After the treatment has begun, the catheter is slowly withdrawn from the leg. An ultrasound will again be used to verify that the vein is completely sealed.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes approximately 45-60 minutes, though patients normally spend 2-3 hours at Minneapolis Vein Center.

What happens after the procedure?

Patients are able to walk shortly after the procedure, and many return to normal activities within a day. Strenuous activities and prolonged periods of standing should be
avoided for the first two weeks. A follow-up ultrasound is performed within 7 days of your procedure. Compression stockings are to be worn for one week after the procedure.


What results can I expect?

The vast majority of patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms following the procedure. You can expect a short recovery period, and to resume normal activities in a few days. 98% of patients who have undergone venous ablation are willing to recommend it to a friend or family member with similar leg vein problems.

How do I prepare for the exam?

In most cases, no special preparation is needed for venous ablation. However, because you will be sedated for the procedure, please do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to your appointment. Patients scheduled for venous ablation should be accompanied and arranged for transportation as they will be sedated for the procedure.

Will my insurance cover the exam?

Most insurance companies provide coverage for venous ablation. Our business office representatives can assist you with questions about your health coverage, claim submissions, or payment.

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