What to expect
During this treatment local anaesthetic is used to minimise any feelings of discomfort. A light sedative can be used to reduce feelings of anxiety, many patients sleep through the procedure.
A fine fibre is delicately passed along the abnormal vein to seal the vein with heat. This actively prevents the accumulation of blood in the incompetent vessel, and flow stops in the unhealthy vein. Blood is re-routed to healthy veins in the leg. High-resolution ultrasound is used to monitor the treatment process.
After the treatment, compression stockings are applied to help reduce the risk of the vein reopening. You will be advised on how to care for and wear these by a registered nurse on the day of your procedure. Before leaving the clinic, we will ask you to walk for 20 minutes to maximize the effects of the treatment. You will be able to resume normal activity the following day.