What You Need to Know
- It’s minimally invasive.
- It is performed in the clinic by physician under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate and safe treatment of the affected area.
- It makes use of radio waves to treat symptoms as well as underlying causes of varicose veins.
- The procedure requires local anesthesia.
- It can be performed in under an hour.
- It involves relatively minor discomfort.
- You can recover from it quickly (a few hours.)
- Covered by insurance almost all the time
How It Works
The procedure begins with a thin catheter being gently inserted into a vein with unhealthy valves. The catheter then emits radio waves which cause specific areas of the vein to heat and close. The healing process will almost immediately commence after the withdrawal of the catheter. As for the closed vein, it is now reabsorbed into the body with blood supply in the area rerouted through healthier veins. With this procedure, we’re able to treat the greater and the small saphenous vein, the saphenous vein’s side branches, and a few of the perforator veins.