What is Endovenous Ablation?
The greatest modern advancement when it comes to treating varicose veins is an innovative therapy called endovenous ablation. The ablation technique was developed to replace the much more invasive surgical vein stripping procedures, which required general anesthesia, several cuts on your leg, at least two nights in the hospital, and a higher risk of infection. The goal of the procedure is to restore healthy circulation through your leg by sealing off (ablating) the “leaky” veins that are the source of varicose veins.
How is Laser & Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?
There are two ways to perform endovenous ablation, the first uses radiofrequency waves to treat your dysfunctional vein and is also known as the Venefit™ procedure. The second procedure utilizes energy from a laser to internally cauterize and seal off dysfunctional, unhealthy veins and is commonly referred to as EVLT. Some patients are better suited for radiofrequency ablation, and others for laser ablation (EVLT), therefore at Siragusa Vein and Laser, we offer both.
What is the Advantage of Laser & Radiofrequency Ablation?
The goals are to restore proper circulation to your legs and significantly improve large bulging veins, and prevent serious complications such as swelling, skin ulceration and blood clots. Since the treated veins are left in place, closed off to be gradually re-absorbed by the body, there is much less pain, bleeding, and trauma than with other methods like vein stripping.
If you and Dr. Siragusa decide that endovenous ablation is right for your particular needs, our vein specialist team will discuss any needed preparation for the procedure with you. Endovenous ablation is a very safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment, performed by Dr. Siragusa in our modern, comfortable and efficient office setting.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need general anesthesia for endovenous ablation?
Absolutely not; Dr. Siragusa has developed a technique that utilizes only 2-3 tiny numbing injections virtually eliminating any pain or discomfort from this procedure. If you are very nervous or anxious about the procedure, we may prescribe you a Valium to take the morning of your ablation to help settle your nerves.
How long does the Venefit™ procedure or EVLT procedure take to perform?
Dr. Siragusa performs both the Venefit™ procedure and EVLT in between 10 and 15 minutes. In fact, in less time then it takes to watch the evening news, we can rid you of the source of your varicose veins and restore your healthy circulation. Most patients are in and out of the office in about an hour and experience no downtime, giving you relief from your varicose veins without interfering with your lifestyle or busy schedule. For patients who are unable to come in during the week for their appointments or procedures, we gladly offer availability on Saturdays to accommodate our patients’ needs.
Is there any downtime following the Venefit™ procedure or endovenous laser ablation?
Following endovenous ablation, you will be able to immediately resume working as well as any other normal activities. You will be instructed to wear a compression stocking for 2 days following the procedure. We will also instruct you to keep the puncture site clean and dry, to exercise, and to avoid air travel, prolonged sitting, swimming, and hot tubs for the first two days following the procedure. There may be some bruising and tenderness along the ablation site, which gradually fades after a couple weeks as the treated vein heals.
Call our Nashville vein clinic today, or click here to request a consultation, and get started on your journey back to the legs you love.