What is Vein Ablation?
“Ablation” means to terminate or reroute a faulty pathway, in this case referring to your superficial veins. At ECCO, we have two techniques to cauterize the faulty veins so that the blood will be re-routed into the larger, intramuscular deep veins and allow decompression of the superficial veins.
One procedure to treat venous insufficiency is called Endovenous Laser Therapy, or EVLT. This is a procedure in which a tiny catheter is introduced directly into the veins via a pinprick, and is guided to the proper location. Then a tiny laser fiber is inserted and heat is used to seal the veins permanently. Blood flow is re-routed to healthier veins in the area.
EVLT is a minimally-invasive procedure done with or without sedation at our facility and recovery time is minimal.
The layman terms for this treatment is “gluing the veins shut” and that aptly describes this procedure. After a local anesthetic is applied, a needle is positioned within the poorly functioning vein under ultrasound guidance. A tube is positioned into the vein, and the needle is removed. Next, a glue is slowly injected into the vein at intervals, while pressure is applied and the tube is slowly retracted. The glue…<need more here>
Venaseal is a minimally-invasive procedure done with or without sedation at our facility and recovery time is minimal.