What is Endovenous Ablation?
Endovenous ablation refers to a host of minimally-invasive treatments for chronic venous insufficiency. We use these treatments on fairly straight veins that experienced valve failure, which led to blood pooling in the leg.
For most patients, we use these procedures to treat the great saphenous vein which is in the inner part of the calf and thigh. We also use these methods to treat the small saphenous veins, perforating veins, and accessory great saphenous veins.
If your doctor suggests vein stripping, hospitalization, or general anesthesia we recommend getting a second opinion from a vein specialist.
In the past decade, endovenous ablation has changed the way we approach vein treatment. It has replaced vein stripping in all but a select few special cases. These endovenous ablation procedures are designed to be done in an office setting. Hospitalization and general anesthesia are not necessary.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous laser ablation also called endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), is a minimally invasive procedure that we use in our office to treat chronic venous insufficiency.
EVLT uses the application of heat from a laser to treat abnormal veins.
Radiofrequency Endovenous Ablation
Radiofrequency endovenous ablation (RFA) is similar to EVLT in that it uses the heat to treat abnormal veins. However, instead of using laser energy, we use RF energy produced by a catheter to close the affected veins.
We perform RFA using the Venclose™ RF Ablation System.
Where Can I Find Out More About These Procedures?
If you would like to know more about your treatment options, please call us at 219-595-3095.