Types of Vein Ablation Treatments
Radiofrequency ablation shuts down blood flow to an abnormal blood vessel using thermal (heat-based) radiofrequency waves to close the vein. Once the vein is "shut down," it becomes less painful and less visible, gradually absorbed by the body and disappearing entirely.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is often recommended for those who have previously undergone vein stripping — a painful major surgery no longer considered best practice. EVLA has high success rates and a low risk of complications. Guided by an ultrasound, a catheter is used to insert a laser fiber into the vein. The catheter is carefully removed as the laser is heated, and the procedure causes the vein to close up and shrink
ClariVein, also known as mechanochemical ablation, is an ablation technique that represents an advancement in biotechnology. ClariVein is an FDA-approved treatment that resolves varicose veins and their underlying causes, such as venous insufficiency and reflux without a laser. Once inserted through a small incision, the fibrous catheter tip rotates to remove the damaged vein's lining. Then it distributes a medical solution inside the vein to treat its underlying cause.
During a Venaseal procedure, the physician places a catheter inside the affected vein through a small incision directly into the abnormal vein. Using ultrasound guidance, the surgeon uses a specially-formulated medical adhesive to seal off blood flow to the affected vein. The blood supply in that area is naturally re-routed to other healthy veins, and the patient's varicose symptoms are resolved.
Named for its two-tiered approach to treating varicose veins and their underlying causes, mechanochemical ablation combines the benefits of "shutting down" access to a vein directly while injecting a medicated solution resolves the underlying cause of venous damage.
Like other ablation procedures, Cyanoacrylate Glue (bioadhesive) shuts down the blood supply or seals off a blood vessel damaged by venous reflux or insufficiency. It acts like a "super glue" to seal off the weak or incompetent valves, leading to varicose veins. The benefits of this procedure involve fewer treatment sessions and minimum discomfort.
Candidate for Vein Ablation?
If you struggle with the appearance of pink, purple or blue "spider-like" discoloration or bulging, purple veins on your thighs and lower legs, you may be a candidate for vein ablation surgery.
If your physician has diagnosed you with chronic venous insufficiency, you may be at risk for other complications that can be avoided with a surgical correction to reverse the reflux and treat its underlying causes. A vascular surgeon should be consulted to determine the best treatment for your unique health status. As with all surgical procedures, ideal candidates are non-smokers in generally good health.
Patients with the following conditions may benefit from injection sclerotherapy:
- Varicose veins, usually on the legs
- Spider veins or small varicose veins
- A history of varicose vein stripping
Consultations for vein ablation therapy are available at all Plastic Surgery Center locations. The best surgical plan for you will depend on various personal and medical factors. With this in mind, our highly-skilled vascular and plastic surgeons will review your medical history and ideal outcomes to develop a custom treatment plan
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What to Expect
Before your vein ablation surgery, the physician may order an ultrasound to determine the exact location of affected blood vessels and the best surgical plan. Based on your individualized treatment plan, we will provide specific details about what you can expect before, during, and after the surgery.
On the day of the procedure, the treatment area will be cleaned with an antiseptic cleanser
A local or topical anesthetic may also be used to numb the injection site. In some cases, the surgeon will use an ultrasound throughout the procedure to provide guidance on the location of impacted veins.
In most cases, the treatment can be completed in 45 minutes or less, and multiple veins can be treated during one session as tolerated.
Each person's healing process is unique, and listening to your body as you recover from surgery is important. There is typically minimal discomfort or recovery time following vein ablation procedures. Often, the only sensation felt is during the injection of local anesthesia.
Following the procedure, you may feel some tenderness, tingling, itching, or tightness in the treated leg and some moderate bruising, which should disappear within a month. You can expect to leave the office and drive yourself home following vein ablation. Most normal activities can be resumed on the day of surgery, as tolerated. Your physician will likely recommend using compression stockings for up to a week.
The highly-skilled plastic and vascular surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Center have helped thousands of patients with varicose veins using the most advanced vein ablation procedures. We pride ourselves in a highly personalized approach and surgical outcomes that exceed expectations.
Jonathan WeiswasserMD, FACS
Financing & Insurance
Because varicose veins can cause pain and disability, your insurance provider may cover evaluation and treatment. If you want to learn more about estimated costs and coverage, don't hesitate to contact our dedicated support staff at 833-615-2621.
During your consultation, our expert surgeons will listen and work with you to fully understand the look you wish to achieve.
We will review and explain all of your cosmetic options and identify which procedure is right for you.
Our friendly and compassionate staff and physicians will guide you through the entire process, answer all of your questions and alleviate any concerns.
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