Endovenous ablation uses energy to cauterize (burn) and close varicose veins. Doctors use it to help ease symptoms such as pain, swelling, and irritation. Ablation is safe, less invasive than surgery, and leaves virtually no scars.
Tell your doctor about any recent illnesses, medical conditions, and allergies. List the medications you take, including herbal supplements and aspirin. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or blood thinners before your procedure. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may need to wear a gown. Plan to have someone drive you home afterward.