No matter how large or uncomfortable they are, varicose veins respond well to endovenous ablation. At Metroview Vascular & Surgical in Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina, vascular surgeon Augustine Eze, MD, FACS, closes varicose veins with radiofrequency or laser energy during the procedure to relieve symptoms like itching, ulcers, and swelling. To find out more about endovenous ablation, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical, or book an appointment online today.
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses energy to close problematic veins. During the endovenous ablation, Dr. Eze makes a tiny incision in your vein after numbing the tissues around it. Then, he places a tube called a catheter into your vein using ultrasound imaging to guide it. He feeds a metal wire through the catheter with an electrode tip. Radiofrequency or laser energy comes into the vein through the electrode.
The energy heats your vein and causes it to constrict and close. After the procedure, the vein shrinks and becomes scar tissue. You’ll need to wear a compression stocking as you heal to avoid blood clots, bruising, and other complications, but you can go back to work and other daily activities right away.
Finally, Dr. Eze asks that you come in for a follow-up visit about a week later. He examines the treated vein using ultrasound imaging to make sure the treatment was successful, and there are no signs of complications. He might use sclerotherapy to close nearby smaller veins.
Endovenous ablation is primarily a treatment for varicose veins. They’re thick, engorged, often twisted veins that pop up on your skin’s surface, typically on your legs. They appear when the valves in your veins are too weak to push your blood back up toward your heart, and the blood pools in the veins instead.
Varicose veins don’t always cause symptoms: Some people want to treat them just because of how they look. However, endovenous ablation treats symptoms associated with varicose veins, including:
If you have varicose veins, Dr. Eze can tell you whether or not endovenous ablation is your best option for treatment. Endovenous ablation is minimally invasive and doesn’t leave any large, unsightly scars.
If Dr. Eze chooses endovenous ablation for your treatment, he gives you instructions to follow as you prepare for the procedure. He asks about the medications and supplements you take and might suggest altering your doses or stopping some of them entirely. He might also ask you to:
Dr. Eze might also instruct you to stop eating and drinking for several hours before you come to Metroview Vascular & Surgical for endovenous ablation.
To find out more about endovenous ablation and what to expect during the procedure, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical, or book an appointment online today.