Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins
Varicose vein treatment, or Endovenous Ablation, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses laser energy to cauterize (burn) and close abnormally enlarged veins in the legs, a condition called varicose veins.
- You will lie on your back.
- An intravenous (IV) line is started to give you fluids and medications. You may be given medication through the IV to help you relax.
- The skin over the site is cleaned. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the skin.
Ultrasound of affected leg to determine if patient will be a candidate for the procedure. Ultrasound shows if incompetent flow/reflux is present. No preparation is needed for prescreening ultrasound. Procedure will be scheduled with patient and department if patient is a candidate.
- Schedule for your interview with the radiologist two days prior to the exam.
- Bring a prescription from your doctor to your interview.
- Consume nothing by mouth after midnight the night before your procedure.
- If you are currently taking any blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Lovenox, Plavix), you need to stop it five days prior to your exam and inform your doctor.
- Bring a list of your current medications.
- You will stay one to three hours post procedure for recovery.
- You will not be able to drive yourself home.
- Follow up with an ultrasound two weeks post procedure.