Thermal vein ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to close down problematic veins and relieve the symptoms they cause.
The Vein Institute’s physicians are interventional radiologists with extensive training and years of experience in ultrasound imaging and image-guided procedures. This means they’re experts at guiding the laser to an exact location- ensuring precise treatment while minimizing complications.
The procedure begins by gaining access into the vein through a small needle under ultrasound guidance. A fiber is then directed into the faulty vein. The length of the vein being treated is numbed before being heat sealed closed as the fiber is retracted. This is all accomplished while patients rest comfortably, watching TV or listening to music.
After putting on post-treatment compression stockings, our patients are asked to walk for 15 minutes. Return to most normal daily activities is allowed immediately. The two week recovery period while the vein heals requires few limitations, such as no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. Any discomfort is usually managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Thermal ablation is a safe and effective procedure. Patient may experience soreness, bruising, and redness following the procedure. More severe complications are rare and include clotting of the deep veins, bleeding, numbness, and infection; these will be discussed at your consultation appointment.