If you have varicose or incompetent veins, you know they can pose serious health risks. Endovenous thermal ablation, also known as venous ablation, provides a simple and effective treatment option using high-frequency radio waves. Recovery times from venous ablation are often faster and less painful than those from vein stripping. This has led to venous ablation becoming the preferred treatment for varicose or incompetent veins. Metro Detroit Cardiovascular Associates provides this treatment option at our offices in Detroit, MI, to help patients suffering from these conditions.
Endovenous Thermal Ablation And How It Helps
Varicose veins, and incompetent veins, both have potential health consequences for the patient. One of the most dangerous is blood clots, which can cause numerous problems, including stroke. Endovenous Thermal Ablation helps to resolve these conditions and reduce the risk of side effects. If you live with varicose veins that are large and symptomatic or incompetent saphenous veins, you may be a candidate.
- Preparation For The Procedure – Pre-procedure tests may be included in the preparation stage. You may also need to cease using certain types of medication as directed by Dr. Gottam. Any other specific instructions will be provided during the consultation for the procedure.
- During The Procedure – Anesthesia will be administered as discussed during your consultation. This may include a sedative and regional anesthesia, or you may undergo general anesthesia. A hollow tube known as a catheter will be placed into the vein to be treated, typically below the knee. Ultrasound may be used to inject a solution of saltwater and anesthesia into the target vein. At this point, radiofrequency or laser ablation of the vein begins.
- Length of Procedure – The duration of the procedure is generally two or three hours. This procedure is often performed in an outpatient setting, leaving you free to return home afterward. However, it can take several hours before you’re released following the procedure. Expect a week or two to recover fully.
- After The Procedure – You will be given clear instructions that must be followed after the surgery until the incision is properly healed. The limb should be elevated when not in use, and the incision site should be kept dry and clean. Wear a compression hose during recovery, and avoid hot tubs or swimming.
There’s always some risk associated with medical procedures, though ablation is usually safe. The most common complications are bruising and/or pain at the ablation site, blood clot formation, and nerve irritation. There are numerous precautions taken to reduce these risks, and other risks may be possible based on your medical history. Dr. Gottam will advise you of the specific circumstances of your case.
See Us For Your Venous Ablation Needs
With faster recovery times and lower post-surgical discomfort, venous ablation is a great treatment option for varicose veins. If you’d like to know more about your upcoming procedure and want more information to help you prepare, call our offices in Detroit, MI, today. Our experts are available to provide you with the answers to your questions and help provide a comfortable and successful procedure. We look forward to hearing from you!