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How can endovenous ablation therapy help in treating varicose and spider veins?

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In this procedure, doctors close off varicose veins by using lasers or high-frequency radio waves within the vein to create intense heat. Your doctor will make a tiny cut near the vein and insert a small catheter. A device at the tip of the catheter heats up the inside of the vessel and closes it off.

Compared to an older procedure called vein stripping and ligation, in which veins are tied shut and removed through small cuts in the skin, ablation therapy closes off varicose veins but leaves them in place, resulting in minimal bleeding and bruising.

From: Varicose and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

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