How is an ablation procedure different from surgery?
Traditional surgery involves general anesthesia, pain in the affected areas, and a lengthy recovery period. The medical ablation (radiofrequency) technology eliminates all of that.
First, its minimally invasive, meaning a small catheter is inserted through a needle stick in the skin, into the vein. This is done in an office setting with local anesthetic. The entry point is extremely small, not even requiring stitches. The catheter delivers radiofrequency to the vein wall, causing heat. The vein then collapses and shuts.
Second, there is little recovery to speak of. In fact, you’ll be up and walking as soon as its over. Following the procedure a bandage and compression hose is placed on the treated leg prior to going home and able to return to full normal activity.
Third, the risk for infection and other complications is extremely low. And there is minimal discomfort.