How Endovenous Laser Ablation works

Endovenous laser ablation is performed in comfortable and safe office environment & not in hospital

  • After local anesthesia vein is accessed.
  • Laser Fiber is advanced into the vein.
  • Tumescent anesthesia is administered around the vein.
  • Laser energy is carefully delivered to treat the vein.
  • Veins gets treated as the laser fiber is pulled out slowly.

Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (Venefit)

Venefit is similar to endovenous laser ablation as far as treatment steps are concerned, only difference is the energy used is radio-frequency instead of laser.

  • Local anesthetic is used to numb the skin.
  • Access into the diseased vein is gained.
  • Radio-frequency fiber is advanced centrally.
  • Tumescent anesthesia is used around the vein.
  • Vein is treated is stepwise 7 cm long segments.
  • Radio-frequency fiber is removed.
  • Compression wraps are applied to the leg.

How do we decide between Laser & RF based Procedures

Both procedures are safe and have high success rate but have subtle differences

  • Endovenous Radio-frequency Ablation procedure has less bruising compared to endovenous laser ablation.
  • Venefit is relatively less painful.
  • Endovenous Radio-frequency ablation can not be used in patients with pacemakers or ICDs.
  • Laser fiber can be maneuvered in relatively more tortuous varicose veins due thicker wire in them.

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