Steps of the endovenous radio-frequency ablation
- A physician, or ultrasound technologist, uses ultrasound to map the course of your vein.
- Radio-frequency (closure) catheter is inserted through a small puncture or incision, usually at the knee, into your vein.
- Local anesthetic solution is infiltrated (infused) into the area around your vein.
- Radio-frequency energy is applied to heat the vein and collapse the vein shut.
- Patients are asked to walk immediately after the procedure. Walking is encouraged to stimulate reduced pressure on veins and minimize risk of complications.
- Compression stockings are prescribed for two to four weeks following the procedure.