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.

Procedure

  • 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.

Prescreening

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.

Preparation

  • 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.
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