An endovenous ablation procedure is a newer minimally invasive treatment for problem veins in your lower extremities. When you become a patient at Vein Health Clinics, you’re under the care of expert vascular surgeon Obinna Nwobi, MD. Usually, Dr. Nwobi recommends an endovenous ablation treatment if you have a venous disease or blood clots. Whether you see him at his Oviedo or Winter Haven, Florida, office, you can permanently get rid of problematic leg veins in as little as one hour.
An endovenous ablation procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for problematic veins in your lower limbs. After treatment, blood can no longer travel through the damaged vein since it’s closed. This forces blood to redirect through a deeper, healthier vein, which often relieves pain and pressure caused by the damaged vein.
An endovenous ablation procedure is done right in the office with a local anesthetic. After Dr. Nwobi numbs the treatment area, he inserts a small needle with a laser attachment. With the help of ultrasound imaging, Dr. Nwobi carefully guides the laser into your vein.
When the needle fiber is in the right spot, he sends small pulses of radiofrequency light into your vein, which forces the vein to close and seal shut. The entire process takes about an hour, and you’re usually able to go right back to most of your regular activities.
It’s normal to feel some cramping or minor sharp pains when Dr. Nwobi first inserts the needle. The local anesthetic numbs the area almost instantly, so you shouldn’t feel anything once it sets in.
If you’re nervous about the procedure, Dr. Nwobi can prescribe an anti-anxiety or pain medication beforehand. But with these medications, you won’t be able to drive yourself to your procedure.
Expect to take it easy for about two days after your vein treatment. While you should be able to go right back to work and many of your regular activities, avoid strenuous exercise, jogging, or extended periods of walking for several days.
If you work an office job, get up and move around or elevate your legs for short periods throughout the day. Long bouts of sitting minimize blood flow and can slow down your body’s ability to heal.
Dr. Nwobi typically suggests wearing compression stockings for the first two weeks after your procedure. You might have some bruising, soreness, or swelling in the treatment area, which should all disappear within four to six weeks.
Schedule a consultation to see if this minimally invasive endovenous ablation is right for you. Book an appointment online or call Vein Health Clinics to schedule.