Vein Removal Treatment – Endovenous Thermal Ablation
To determine if you are a candidate for the Endovenous Thermal Ablation procedure, the primary source of vein disease is reflux in the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) or Short Saphenous Vein (SSV). This reflux was traditionally treated with vein stripping, which has a reputation for slow healing, pain, and recurrence. Endovenous Thermal Ablation is an alternative to vein stripping that revolutionized vein care and vein removal. Endovenous Radiofrequency Closure (RF) was approved by the FDA in 1999 and Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) was approved 18 months later.
Closure or Venefit uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to close the refluxing GSV or SSV, the underlying cause of spider veins, and bulging varicose veins. Dr. Kenneth Harper was the first physician to utilize Endovenous Radiofrequency Closure for vein removal in Georgia in early 2000 and has personally performed over 5,000 vein removal cases. Laser therapy is an alternative, minimally invasive option for the treatment of refluxing truncal veins. Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) uses targeted laser energy to close the treated segment of the vein. Additional treatment is necessary for the spider veins and varicose or bulging varicose veins.
Your Vein Removal Consultation
To determine if you’re a candidate for vein removal via Endovenous Thermal Ablation procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Harper for evaluation of your varicose veins and determine which treatment option is best for you. During the appointment, he will answer any questions and make sure you are comfortable with our recommendations. You should allow 90 – 120 minutes to complete the consultation.
Your recommended vein removal procedure will be scheduled for a later visit, allowing time for insurance approval. Dr. Harper’s staff will provide you with detailed pre- and post-procedure instructions.
Your Vein Removal Treatment
An Endovenous Thermal Ablation is an in-office, vein removal procedure under local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. If desired, a mild oral sedative may be given. The radiofrequency or laser fiber is inserted through a small needle into your diseased vein. After administering a mild local anesthetic the device is activated, delivering heat energy to the vein. The vein collapses or closes, as the heat energy is delivered.
What To Expect After Your Endovenous Treatment For Varicose Veins
After your Endovenous Thermal Ablation vein removal procedure, you might have mild bruising or soreness for a few days. These symptoms should be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications. You are encouraged to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Your results improve as you avoid strenuous physical activity and hot baths during the healing phase which can last a week to ten days. You will wear light compression hose for a short period after treatment to achieve optimal results.
Dr. Harper’s staff will review the post treatment guidelines with you before and after your procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
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