Venous ablation is a treatment performed using radiofrequency waves to treat varicose veins for patients with chronic venous insufficiency. It is a minimally invasive procedure done as an outpatient procedure in the Cardiac Cath Lab suite. It is performed by a cardiologist or surgeon who is certified in performance of the procedure.
An area on your leg is numbed and a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a vein in the leg and guided to the area needing treatment. Ultrasound imaging is used during the procedure to assist the physician in placement of the catheter.
Once the catheter is placed in the area of treatment the physician will direct radiofrequency energy into the dissected area. As the energy is delivered, the vein wall will shrink and is sealed closed. When the diseased area is closed the blood will reroute itself to healthy veins.
At the end of the procedure, the catheter will be removed and a dressing is applied over the insertion site.