Without treatment, bulging varicose veins in your legs can lead to complications like blood clots. Even without complications, you might not be comfortable with the way they look. At Goldman Vein Institute in Jupiter and Wellington, Florida, board-certified vascular specialists Saluja Varghese, MD, RVT, RPVI, Alexander Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, and their team perform endovenous thermal ablation to close varicose veins and reduce your chances of getting complications from them. To learn more about the treatment, book a consultation by phone or online at Goldman Vein Institute today.
Endovenous thermal ablation is an ultrasound imaging-guided laser treatment for refluxing saphenous veins, which are veins between the skin and muscle of your legs. They often turn into large varicose veins because faulty valves inside them don’t allow successful upward blood flow.
Endovenous thermal ablation only takes about 10 minutes and is performed in the office at Goldman Vein Institute. The procedure closes the targeted vein but leaves it in place to prevent bleeding and bruising in the region. You can return to your day as usual immediately or within the first 24 hours of leaving the office.
Endovenous thermal ablation has earned its popularity because of its many benefits over other treatments like ligation and stripping. The Goldman Vein Institute team can help you compare treatments to decide which is best for your case. However, notable advantages of endovenous thermal ablation include:
Endovenous thermal ablation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Since 2003, the procedure has successfully reduced the patient's risk of developing blood clots and other complications from venous disease.
During your endovenous thermal ablation treatment at Goldman Vein Institute, the team gives you local anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. You'll be wide awake, but you won't be able to feel the targeted vein or surrounding region. Using ultrasound imaging to guide it, your provider places a catheter in the vein in your leg.
Through the catheter, your provider introduces a laser fiber. The laser fiber emits gentle laser energy to irritate the vein. The laser irritates the inside of your blood vessel and causes it to close. Once the procedure is complete, your provider will apply a gradient compression stocking that is to be worn for seven days, and you will then go for a 20-minute walk.
Finally, the team gives you instructions to follow as you heal. You should keep your leg elevated while resting, keep the area treated, clean, and dry, and wear compression stockings as directed. Most people can return to work and engage in their other typical activities within 24 hours.
If you’d like to learn more about endovenous thermal ablation, call Goldman Vein Institute to request an appointment or book your visit online today.