What is Venous Ablation?

Venous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that closes off varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, damaged veins near the surface of the skin. The simple procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art clinic on an outpatient basis so you can go home the same day.

Is venous ablation painful?

This simple but important procedure is not painful and is generally reported to be pain-free by patients. We will help you feel comfortable during the procedure which takes as little as an hour to complete. You may notice bruising, slight swelling, and some minor discomfort afterward, but unlike the older solutions, these modern procedures are fast and simple. Discomfort is typically managed with over-the-counter medications during recovery.

How long does it take to heal from vein ablation?

You will be able to go home the same day after the procedure, but you will need to avoid strenuous exercise for approximately a week. You will also likely be instructed to wear compression stockings for a week or so.

What are the side effects of venous ablation?

There are no significant side effects of venous ablation but you may experience some light bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Pain is not often reported. As with any medical procedure, you will always need to keep an eye on your recovery and discuss any concerns with your care team.

Can I walk after vein ablation?

You can walk after vein ablation, but as mentioned, we advise you to avoid strenuous activity for about a week and wear compression stockings during the recovery phase.

Is vein ablation permanent?

Venous ablation on varicose veins, as performed at our clinic, is effectively a permanent solution for that particular vein. So, properly treated, that vein will not reoccur. However, since varicose veins are a result of the condition of venous insufficiency, new varicose veins can form at any time.

If you have more questions or would like to learn more about all your options to correct a problem with varicose veins, please call the Heart & Rhythm Solutions office at 480-289-4550.