Ablation is a procedure used to seal closed an incompetent vein, and below are the different methods used to achieve this:
- Radiofrequency Ablation: This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (electricity) to heat, collapse and seal off the targeted blood vessels.
- Laser Ablation: Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided technique used for treating varicose veins using laser energy inserted into the vein to be treated. The laser light shines into the interior of the diseased vein.
- Glue Ablation: This is the latest minimally invasive technique where a sealent glue is injected into the vein under ultrasound guidance that seals the vein closed. This technique requires minimal use of local anesthetic and is not associated with any post procedure discoloration and can be done in the ambulatory setting in the office.
- Phlebectomy: Minimally invasive (nonsurgical) procedure to remove varicose veins on the surface of the leg. A small scalpel or needle is used make very small incisions near the varicose vein. A small phlebectomy hook is then used to remove the veins.