Venous Ablation

Vascular Specialists

Vascular Surgeons located in Tinley Park, IL & Evergreen Park, IL

Having varicose veins on your legs isn’t just a cosmetic issue; they’re a prominent symptom of venous insufficiency. At Vascular Specialists in Tinley Park, Illinois and Munster Indiana, the skilled team uses venous ablation to close your varicose veins using heat. For more information about venous insufficiency and venous ablation, book an appointment by phone or online at either Vascular Specialists location today.

Venous Ablation Q & A

What is venous ablation?

Venous ablation is a minimally-invasive in-office procedure that closes your varicose veins. By closing your varicose veins, you can reduce symptoms and prevent new or worsening complications associated with venous insufficiency. 

The term ‘ablation’ means heat. The Vascular Specialists team uses either radiofrequency energy or energy from a laser to heat your problematic vein while you’re under mild sedation. They do so using a needle and wire through a catheter, or thin tube. Using this approach, the team doesn’t have to make any incisions to access the vein. 

Once the catheter and wire are in place, the team transmits laser or radiofrequency energy through the wire and into your vein. The heat from the energy causes your varicose vein to constrict and close. You can go home immediately after the procedure, but you may have to wear compression stockings and take other steps for successful aftercare. 

What does venous ablation treat?

Venous ablation is a treatment for venous insufficiency, a condition that develops when the valves within the veins in your legs can no longer function well. Under normal circumstances, these valves prevent blood from flowing back down your legs because of gravity. With venous insufficiency, the blood tends to pool in your legs.

When blood pools in your legs, you might develop varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, bulging, often twisted blood vessels raised above your skin’s surface. They might be red, blue, or purple in color. If you have them, venous ablation may be one of your best options for treatment. 

How should I prepare for venous ablation?

Before your appointment, the Vascular Specialists team gives you tips and advice to follow as you prepare for venous ablation. Following instructions to prepare for your procedure can improve your outcome and recovery. For optimal results and an easy procedure, you should:

  • Remain active
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce or stop drinking alcohol
  • Follow specific, personalized instructions about fasting
  • Ask questions about the procedure, so you know what to expect

You should also be sure to list all of your current medications and supplements to the team before the day of your procedure. They might advise you to stop taking some or adjust your dosage.

Venous ablation is a simple in-office procedure that can greatly improve the functioning and appearance of veins in your legs. To find out if you’re a candidate, call Vascular Specialists or book an appointment online today.