In endovenous laser therapy (also referred to as thermal or radiofrequency ablation), a thin laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein, generally through a small puncture in the leg above where the visual symptoms appear. The physician then delivers laser energy through the fiber which heats the vein walls and causes the vein to close as the fiber is gradually removed. No longer able to carry blood, the vein breaks up and is reabsorbed by the body.
Used for varicose veins and venous ulcers, endovenous laser therapy can be performed in our office in less than one hour, and you are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure. Most people report little to no pain associated with endovenous laser therapy.
This procedure doesn’t require a hospital stay. It may be done in the Bay Area Heart Center office. The procedure usually takes less than an hour. You can likely go home the same day. Bring loose-fitting clothing to wear right after your surgery.
The procedure usually takes less than an hour. The cut where the catheter was inserted will likely be small enough that you won’t need stitches. A bandage will be put on the site