What happens during the procedure?
You will receive a sedative and a regional anesthesia, or you may receive general anesthesia. Using an ultrasound to identify the location, your surgeon will insert a catheter into the vein to be treated. This is typically done just below the knee, but can occasionally be done at the level of the ankle. Using ultrasound, the surgeon will inject a solution of salt water and anesthetic agent along the length of the vein to be treated. Following this, either laser or radiofrequency ablation will be performed.
How long does the procedure last?
The procedure itself generally takes two to three hours. This procedure is typically performed in the outpatient setting, and you can expect to be discharged home several hours after the procedure is complete. Full recovery will take approximately one to two weeks.