Endovenous Thermal Ablation, What you Need to Know
- Posted on: Sep 30 2016
Varicose veins can be an enormous cosmetic concern. Even more pressing could be the desire to restore comfort in your legs. In order to do so, it is necessary to get to the heart of the matter. There are a few different ways your doctor can do this; one way is to create a situation that encourages the problematic veins to close. We call this ablation and, in some cases, we may achieve it with heat. When heat is the driving force behind vein closure, the term used for treatment is endovenous thermal ablation. Here, we will take a closer look at the process.
The first step in obtaining treatment for unhealthy veins is to determine which approach may be most appropriate. We do this by conducting a thorough consultation and examination, which may also involve ultrasound diagnostic testing to analyze veins more extensively.
The goal of treatment is to stop venous insufficiency in the affected veins in order to resolve symptoms such as:
- Restless legs
- Night cramps
- Itching and swelling
- Aching, throbbing pain
- Leg ulcers that won’t fully heal
The Endovenous Thermal Ablation Procedure
EVTA is performed under local anesthetic. It is a non-surgical treatment that is conducted in our office. The “incision” thorugh which a tiny laser fiber is threaded is more like a knick (it doesn’t even require stitches to close). Because local anesthetic has numbed nerve endings, treatment is very comfortable. Once the laser fiber is in place, it delivers heat to the vein walls as it is slowly withdrawn. Over time, treated veins will close, and circulation will naturally redirect.
Why Choose EVTA
One of the reasons that doctors recommend endovenous thermal ablation for varicose veins is because it works! In more than 90% of cases, the closed veins remain shut permanently. The office procedure is gentle and precise, and patients are able to get right back to most of their normal activities. Post-treatment care involves little more than avoiding long car rides and wearing compression bandages as directed. No extra rest is needed. In fact, movement is encouraged in order to promote healing!
Because no real incisions are made to conduct this procedure, there are no visible scars to speak of. Most patients experience nothing more than slight bruising and a little tenderness after EVTA, which is usually minimized by the compression garment.
Endovenous thermal ablation is one of several ways to treat varicose veins. To explore your treatment options, call (803) 253-8667.