Vein Treatment

Vein ablation is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and certain types of venous insufficiency. It is a minimally invasive technique that involves the closure or destruction of diseased veins to redirect blood flow to healthier veins.​

The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient can usually go home on the same day. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how vein ablation is typically carried out:

  • Preparation: The patient is positioned on an examination table, and the area where the vein ablation will take place is cleaned and sterilized. The patient may be given a local anesthetic to numb the area.
  • Ultrasound guidance: An ultrasound machine is used to locate and visualize the affected vein(s). This helps the healthcare provider accurately target the veins during the procedure.
  • Catheter insertion: A small incision is made near the diseased vein, and a thin catheter (a flexible tube) is inserted into the vein under ultrasound guidance. The catheter may be inserted either through a small needle puncture or through a small skin incision, depending on the specific technique used (such as radiofrequency or laser ablation).
  • Energy delivery: Once the catheter is properly positioned inside the diseased vein, energy is delivered through the catheter to close or destroy the vein. There are two main methods used for vein ablation:
a. Radiofrequency ablation: In this technique, the catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to heat and close the vein. The heat damages the vein wall, causing it to collapse and seal shut.
b. Endovenous laser ablation: Here, laser energy is delivered through the catheter to heat the vein and cause it to collapse and seal. The laser energy is absorbed by the blood within the vein, generating heat and damaging the vein wall.
  • Closure of the treated vein: As the energy is delivered and the vein is sealed, the catheter is slowly withdrawn. Pressure may be applied to the treated area to help close the vein and reduce any bleeding.
  • Follow-up care: After the procedure, the patient is usually advised to wear compression stockings to aid in healing and support the surrounding veins. Regular follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor progress and assess the need for any further treatment.

Vein ablation is generally a safe procedure with a high success rate in relieving symptoms associated with varicose veins and venous insufficiency. It helps improve blood flow, reduces pain and discomfort, and enhances the overall appearance of the legs. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be some risks and potential complications, which should be discussed with a healthcare professional before undergoing vein ablation.

Transform your legs with vein ablation, the leading varicose vein treatment offered by OrthoMiami. Contact us at (786) 746-8060 to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards vein-free and confident legs.

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