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Vein Ablation: The Minimally Invasive Treatment Alternative for Varicose Veins, Leg Cramps & More

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If you’ve gone to the doctor seeking relief for your tired, aching legs, you may have heard the term vein ablation. This procedure is used to treat issues with the circulatory system, including venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is the cause of many people’s chronic leg pain, and cause sleepless nights for those with Restless Leg Syndrome.

Vein Ablation is a Minimally Invasive Alternative to Traditional Vein Surgery

Treating venous insufficiency results in a much higher quality of life for people. First and foremost is the pain relief – people who have suffered for years and years with chronic leg cramps that keep them from doing the things they love to do experience immediate, lasting relief. For people who are still working – especially teachers, law enforcement professionals, nurses, and anyone else who spends a lot of time on their feet – treating venous insufficiency means being able to focus on the job without distracting, debilitating leg pain. 


Traditional vein surgery requires general anesthesia and can involve a prolonged recovery that lasts weeks. Vein ablation, which is also referred to as endovenuous ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure where image-guided radiofrequency or laser energy to close off non-performing veins safely and permanently.

The procedure takes 25 minutes to an hour. Patients enjoy a greater feeling of energy and well-being as their circulation is improved, and the painful leg cramps are gone for good. Treatment takes just under an hour, and the recovery process involves a few days of taking it easy.

Is Vein Ablation Right For You?

Vein ablation is a treatment for venous insufficiency, so the first step in determining if it’s the right treatment for you is finding out if you do indeed have this common circulation issue. You don’t have to be able to see your veins to have venous insufficiency, and it’s not a genetic condition, so you can’t tell if you have it based on whether or not your parents or grandparents had vein trouble.

The way to find out if you have venous insufficiency is with a 20 minute pain-free diagnostic ultrasound. This will tell you if you have the most common cause of chronic leg pain and muscle cramps. After that, the doctor will make his recommendations based on your unique health situation.

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