Sclerotherapy alone does not provide long-lasting results when the abnormal veins are due to back pressure caused by venous insufficiency. If ultrasound examination shows significant backflow (reflux) in the veins beneath the surface, it is essential to treat this root cause.
Endovenous ablation has revolutionized this treatment making it possible to close off the abnormal vein under local anesthesia in the office setting. Under ultrasound guidance, a catheter is placed into the abnormal vein and radiofrequency or laser energy is used to heat the vein to make it seal shut. Over the course of several months, the body reabsorbs the vein and it disappears.
Compression stockings are worn initially, and patients can resume most normal activities immediately after the procedure.
For more information, please contact Dr. Attkiss at the Vein Clinic.