Venous Ablation:
Minimally-Invasive Varicose Vein Removal

Relief from painful, protruding veins.

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Venous Ablation:
Minimally-Invasive Varicose Vein Removal

Relief from painful, protruding veins.

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What is Venous Ablation?

Venous ablation or vein ablation is a procedure designed to fully remove diseased veins and to treat vein related health problems.

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How Does Venous Ablation Work?

Venous ablation therapy uses a tiny, plastic-covered wire that conducts radiofrequency (RF) energy to close the diseased vein. 

After treatment, the treated vein will close off and dissipate in time. When a vascular surgeon performs this procedure, they specifically target veins connected to varicose veins, so as the main vein disappears, the connected veins will also disappear. Once the diseased veins are totally gone, the blood flow will be redirected through healthy veins.

What is Venous Ablation?

Venous ablation or vein ablation is a procedure designed to fully remove diseased veins and to treat vein related health problems.

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How Does Venous Ablation Work?

Venous ablation therapy uses a tiny, plastic-covered wire that conducts radiofrequency (RF) energy to close the diseased vein. 

After treatment, the treated vein will close off and dissipate in time. When a vascular surgeon performs this procedure, they specifically target veins connected to varicose veins, so as the main vein disappears, the connected veins will also disappear. Once the diseased veins are totally gone, the blood flow will be redirected through healthy veins.

What Conditions Does Vein Ablation Treat?

  • Varicose Veins
  • Problems with the greater saphenous vein
  • Vein Disease
  • Reduce Risk of Blood Clots
  • Leg Pain
  • Venous Stasis Ulcer Treatment
  • Leg Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Painful vein swelling

What Conditions Does Venous Ablation Treat?

  • Varicose Veins
  • Problems with the greater saphenous vein
  • Vein Disease
  • Reduce Risk of Blood Clots
  • Leg Pain
  • Venous Stasis Ulcer Treatment
  • Leg Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Painful vein swelling

Vein Ablation Recovery

Vein ablation is a minimally invasive procedure, but it does require some time for your legs to heal completely. Typically, you can expect to make a full recovery in about four weeks’ time. 

After your procedure, you will be given instructions for how to care for your legs as you recover. In general, you should also take some time to put your legs up to prevent or reduce swelling.  Also, to help your legs heal, we recommend compression stockings to wear. These stockings will reduce swelling, which can accelerate healing.

Keep the incision site clean and dry for the next few days after your procedure, in order to prevent infection.

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What to Avoid
After Vein Ablation

You should also avoid taking hot baths or swimming in a hot tub while the incision heals. Generally, you should avoid submerging your treated leg for about 2-4 weeks after your treatment. Also, you should avoid any heavy exercise for the next 2 weeks. This includes any heavy lifting, running, jogging, or intense sports.

What Else Should I Know About Venous Ablation Aftercare?

1. Take time to rest

Even though vein ablation is less intense than traditional vein ligation, or vein stripping surgery, your body will need time to heal.

2. Ease back into normal activity

Don’t jump back into your full activity levels at first. Doing intense exercise like running or cycling could force blood flow back through the treated vein, and cause the treatment to fail. 

3. Don’t bathe for the next few days

Showers can be resumed the morning after the procedure. Avoid any type of leg submerged such as tub baths, whirlpools, hot tubs for 2-4 weeks.

4. Use ice packs

To further reduce swelling and bruising after your surgery, you should apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the treated area regularly. If you use an ice pack, wrap it in a towel and apply for a maximum of 20 minutes, repeated a few times every day.

5. Be prepared for sleep challenges

Trying to get to sleep after surgery can be a challenge. Your doctor may recommend that you sleep on your back with your leg or legs elevated to aid the healing process.

6. Expect the pain to get worse before it fades

Many patients experience the worst post-procedure pain about 8-10 days after the treatment. But generally, any pain will fade after about day 14.

7. Take care of your bruises

Most patients will experience bruising after vein surgery. Bruises may appear as blue, black, or greenish spots around the treated veins. Elevating your legs, applying ice packs, and getting plenty of rest will help your bruises fade within a couple of weeks.

8. Talk to your doctor about blood thinners

Before this procedure, you may need to stop taking blood thinners in order to prevent excessive bleeding or increased recovery time.

9. Leave your incision dressings alone

After your procedure, your doctor will use bandage wraps to absorb any remaining numbing solution. These should be left on until the morning after the procedure. If any incisions are still weeping after taking off the bandage, a light bandaid can be used. If incisions are dry, leave them unbandaged.

10. Avoid sitting down too much or too little

You should avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time after your procedure. You should especially be aware of this for at least the first 2 months after your procedure.

FAQs About Venous Ablation in Lapeer and Flint, MI

FAQs About Venous Ablation in Lapeer & Flint, MI

Is Venous Ablation Safe?

Venous ablation is a safe and reliable treatment for varicose veins and other vein disease-related symptoms.

How Much Does Venous Ablation Cost?

Without insurance coverage, venous ablation can cost anywhere from $2000-$3000. 

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Vein Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation is considered a medically necessary procedure and as such is covered by most insurance plans, which will significantly decrease your out-of-pocket expenses.

What Are The Side Effects of Vein Ablation?

Despite the minimally invasive nature of this treatment, there are a few risks associated with this procedure. Risks and complications of radiofrequency ablation include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Blood Clots
  • Soreness
  • Nerve Damage

Many of these side effects are minor and are easy enough to take care of with at-home self-care procedures. 

You should seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after your procedure:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe trouble breathing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Sudden chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Pain that does not get better after taking medication
  • Bleeding at the incision site
  • Numbness in your leg, foot, or toes

You should also contact a doctor, or seek medical attention if you notice signs of infection such as: 

  • Increased swelling
  • Increased pain
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Pus draining from the incision site
  • Red streaks around the incision site

Schedule a Venous Ablation Consultation in Flint & Lapeer, MI

At VeinSolutions™ Flint, our experienced vascular surgeons perform venous ablation treatments in conjunction with venous ultrasounds for the most accurate and effective treatments. If you’re considering vein ablation surgery, schedule a consultation with the vein experts at VeinSolutions™ Flint to find out if this treatment is right for you.

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