Endovenous Ablation is the overarching term used to describe two different minimally-invasive Varicose Vein Treatment techniques we use at the Laser Vein Center of Alaska. Ablation refers to the closing off of a vein that is incompetent (not functioning properly). Endovenous refers to any procedure that is performed from within the vein. So Endovenous Ablation is the process of closing off poorly functioning veins from the inside.
Revolutionary Varicose Vein Treatment
Endovenous Ablation has revolutionized the treatment of Varicose Veins, replacing vein stripping as the primary method of removal.
Vein stripping is an invasive surgical procedure performed in the hospital.
Many patients remained hospitalized overnight and were required to avoid physical activity for extended periods of time (days to weeks). By contrast, Endovenous Ablation is performed in our Anchorage Office with most patients returning to work the same day as treatment.
“Any Patients who have been told they need Vein Stripping should contact the Laser Vein Center for Alaska for a second opinion.” Advises Dr. Ives.
Both forms of Endovenous Ablation used at the Laser Vein Center of Alaska were approved by the FDA prior to 2002. So while these treatments are revolutionary they are also well proven as effective.
The results of treatment with the Venefit™ Radio Frequency catheter and LASER are equal, greater than 99% success in closure of the treated vein.
Forms of Endovenous Ablation
The two most common forms of Endovenous Ablation are (RF) Radio Frequency Ablation(Venefit™) and Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT™). RF Endovenous Ablation uses High Frequency Radio Frequency waves, while Endovenous Laser Ablation uses intense light energy to cauterize the vein.
In addition to the two treatments mentioned above, it is worth noting the existence of Chemical Foam Endovenous Ablation (Varithena™ ). Unfortunately this procedure has only recently received FDA approval and because Varithena™ is new, it is unknown which insurers will pay for the treatment and under what circumstances they will do so. The Laser Vein Center of Alaska is monitoring Varithena™ and may offer the treatment if insurance coverage changes.
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