Endovenous Laser Ablation

This procedure uses heat to destroy the saphenous veins, reducing pressure on smaller varicose veins. The procedure is a minimally invasive laser alternative to vein stripping surgery. This technique involves a needle puncture but no incisions. The treated vein is punctured with a needle and a tube is inserted into the vein. The heat source (laser fiber) is then inserted into the tube. Ultrasound guidance is used to position this heat source in the proper place inside the vein. It is then drawn slowly backward, heating tissue and closing the vein behind it. Over time, the body absorbs the treated vein and collateral circulation develops. This procedure is often done with a small amount of local anesthesia to the area being treated.

After-care Information

You may resume normal activities soon after returning home. There may be some bruising and minimal swelling. Any discomfort can be controlled with over the counter medications. The leg will be wrapped with an ace bandage for a period of 24 hours to reduce any pooling or swelling in the area. For the best results, it is strongly recommended that you wear compression stockings during the daytime for 11 days following the procedure. This will encourage the re-absorption of the vein resulting in rapid healing. Some discoloration may remain for up to 3 months following this procedure as it often involves the deeper veins.

Please consult the printable PDF for detailed aftercare instructions. This is the same document that you will receive once you have scheduled your Endovenous Laser Ablation.