What is Endovenous Vein Ablation?
In the past, varicose veins needed to be removed with extensive stripping surgery. Advances in vascular medicine and technology have now made it possible for vein treatment to be a minimally-invasive procedure.
During endovenous vein ablation, Dr. Almeida will apply anesthetic to the treated area. Then a tiny incision will be made and a small catheter will be inserted along the affected vein. Using one of two techniques, the vein will then be closed off and disabled:
- Endovenous Laser – A laser fiber is used to heat the varicose veins
- Radiofrequency closure – Gentle radiofrequency energy is used to cauterize the veins
Endovenous vein ablation is guided by ultrasound, allowing Dr. Almeida to fully visualize the treated area and ensuring precision and accuracy. After the varicose veins are sealed, blood flow is redirected through healthy veins and the treated vessels are left in place to reduce healing time.
Am I a Good Candidate for Endovenous Vein Ablation?
Although some patients seek treatment of their varicose veins for cosmetic reasons, others experience symptoms including:
- Aching pain in the legs
- Skin discoloration or sores
Endovenous leg ablation completely alleviates these symptoms in most patients who qualify for treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Almeida will evaluate your health and medical history as well as the condition of your varicose veins to determine if endovenous vein ablation is the best course of treatment for you.
Is There Any Recovery Time?
Typically, the incisions made during these procedures is too small to require stitches, although a bandage may be applied. Any residual discomfort can usually be controlled with prescribed medication, and Dr. Almeida may suggest a daily walking regimen in order to maintain circulation while the area heals.
Treated veins are permanently disabled but will remain in place to keep recovery time to a minimum. While it is always possible for new varicose veins to develop in the future, thorough diagnosis and treatment at Miami Vein Center treats vascular conditions at the source, significantly reducing damaged veins from recurring.
Contact Miami Vein Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Almeida and find out how endovenous vein ablation can safely and completely rid your legs of varicose veins.