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What is Vein Ablation?

Vein disease occurs when bad veins in our legs no longer do their job, which allows blood to pool in our legs and reflux flow, decreasing healthy veins’ performance. Sitting or standing for a long time, pregnancy, obesity, and hereditary factors can increase one’s risk of developing vein problems in the legs.

Venous ablation is an in-office procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to cauterize and close bad veins in the legs. The goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms such as swelling, achiness, fatigue, and heaviness of the legs and to reduce the risk of complications from venous disease, including blood clots. 

 

Procedure Description

The leg being treated will be cleaned, sterilized, and covered with a surgical drape. Your physician will numb the area where the catheter will enter into the abnormal vein and use the ultrasound transducer or wand to study the vein and track its path. A very small skin incision is made at the site.

Using ultrasound guidance, a catheter or vascular access sheath is inserted through the skin and positioned within the abnormal vein. This catheter will then close the bad vein and then the catheter itself is removed from the body. No foreign objects are left inside the body.

A small bandage is used to cover the small skin opening and the leg is wrapped with a compression wrap. No stitches are needed. Most patients return to normal activity right away, though we ask that you do not over-exert yourself for a few days. Depending on your daily activity level, we may discuss a few days off work or exercise when we meet for the initial consultation.

Do You Need Vein Ablation?

Vein ablation is generally used to help alleviate symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Skin irritation
  • Discoloration
  • Inflammation
  • Restless legs
  • Cramps
  • Open sores or ulcers

Schedule an Appointment

At Advanced Heart and Vein Center, we offer advanced vein care for a wide range of conditions in our vein center. If you would like to learn more about our procedure, please contact us at (720) 772-8040.

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