Font Size: Increase | Decrease

Is endovenous laser ablation painful?

more videos from this doctor

» Watch Next Video by Steven Deak - What is ambulatory phlebectomy?

Video Overview

Is endovenous laser ablation painful? Endovenous laser ablation is an office procedure with minimal discomfort. Unlike previous techniques that were painful, endovenous laser ablation are done under local anesthesia. A small area of the skin overlying the vein is anesthetized with xylocaine, and then a small catheter is passed in the vein to the groin. Once the catheter is in place, we inject fluid around the vein to allow the vein to collapse on to the catheter. Once that is finished, there is no more pain associated with the procedure. The catheter is slowly withdrawn and the vein is collapsed on itself from the laser treatment.

Disclaimer: The information found on this website is intended to be general medical information; it is not a medical diagnosis or medical advice. Specific medical advice can only be given with full knowledge of all of the facts and circumstances of your health situation. You should seek consultation with a doctor familiar with your medical condition. Posting a question on this website does not create a doctor-patient relationship. All questions you post will be available to the public; do not include confidential information in your question.