Where vein treatments and conditions are involved, it’s common to have questions and lots of them. We hear many of these questions and understand your concerns. See for yourself some of the most common questions that we hear about our treatments at Heart of Dixie here. Of course, if you have any other questions, we’d be happy to answer them for you either in person or through our contact page.
How are closure procedures such as Radiofrequency Ablation and VenaSeal different from vein stripping?
During a stripping procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in your groin and ties off the vein. After the incision is made, an instrument is thread through the saphenous vein and used to pull the vein out of your leg through a secondary incision just above your calf.
With our technology and training today, there is no need for incisions or surgery. Instead, the vein remains in place and is simply closed using a special catheter inserted through a small puncture. This eliminates the bruising, pain and long recovery often associated with vein stripping. Vein stripping is usually performed in an operating room, under a general anesthetic, while the closure procedure/radiofrequency ablation is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.