Endovenous Ablation Specialist

Venaflux

Vein & Vascular Specialists Located in Granite Falls, NC and Seeing Patients from Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir

Endovenous ablation is a state-of-the-art treatment option for varicose veins and other problematic veins. Board-certified nurse practitioner Lindsey Castagna, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, and her team offer endovenous ablation using Medtronic devices such as ClosureFast™ and adhesive vein closure with VenaSeal™ at Venaflux in Granite Falls, North Carolina. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online to learn about your treatment options.

Endovenous Ablation Q & A

What are endovenous ablation and adhesive vein closure?

Endovenous ablation is a treatment to close problematic veins. It uses heat to close and seal weak or damaged veins. Adhesive vein closure uses a specially formulated medical adhesive to close your varicose veins. 

Venaflux Vein and Vascular Solutions uses Medtronic devices, including ClosureFast and VenaSeal, to treat varicose veins, improving the appearance of your legs and your vascular function. In addition to treating varicose veins, the team uses endovenous ablation and adhesive vein closure to relieve other symptoms, such as:

  • Aching or throbbing legs
  • Heavy or fatigued legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Skin discoloration 
  • Venous ulcers

The Venaflux Vein and Vascular Solutions team provides thorough exams to identify the best treatment for your vascular health issue.

How do endovenous ablation and adhesive closure work?

Endovenous ablation is an ultrasound-guided, minimally invasive procedure. Your provider inserts a catheter into your damaged vein, then feeds an electrode into the damaged section of the vein. 

The ClosureFast device releases radiofrequency energy, which heats the inside of the damaged vein and forces it to close and seal. VenaSeal is also minimally invasive. Your provider uses an injectable adhesive that closes and seals your vein.

Once the damaged vein is closed, your blood flows through nearby healthy veins. 

What should I expect during an endovenous ablation or adhesive closure treatment?

You change into a hospital gown before your treatment. Then, your provider cleans your leg and provides a local anesthetic. 

A technician uses a vascular ultrasound to locate your damaged vein before making a small incision in your skin and inserting the catheter and electrode. You might feel some pressure during the procedure, but it shouldn’t be painful. 

When you have a VenaSeal procedure, your provider makes a small puncture in your skin and uses ultrasound to guide a catheter in your damaged vein. After they inject the adhesive, your provider uses the VenaSeal device to put gentle pressure on your skin, which helps close and seal your varicose vein.

After sealing your vein, your provider withdraws the catheter and other equipment and bandages the incision site. They give you a compression stocking and ask you to get up and walk around the treatment room. 

How should I take care of my legs after treatment?

The treatment is minimally invasive and doesn’t require downtime for recovery. You can return to most of your regular activities right away, although you should avoid vigorous physical exercise for about a week. 

You also need to wear a compression stocking for a week or so. Your provider might recommend that you get up and walk around for 5-10 minutes every hour. The compression and light exercise support healthy circulation.

You have a follow-up appointment a few weeks after your treatment, so your provider can check that your damaged vein remains sealed and that your blood is flowing through healthier veins. 

If you’re concerned about varicose veins or other vascular health issues, call Venaflux Vein and Vascular Solutions, or make an appointment online today.