The radiofrequency occlusion is a non-surgical treatment of the refluxing vein. A small catheter is inserted, through a needle stick in the skin, into the vein. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing heat. The vein then collapses and shuts. *The image to the left demonstrates the process.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a technique used to remove surface varicose veins under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis in the office. Tiny incisions (stitches are generally not needed) are made in the skin and typically leave nearly imperceptible puncture mark scars. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage or compression stocking is worn for a short period. To the left, varicose veins before and after Ambulatory Phlebectomy (individual results can vary).

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose veins but is mainly used for treating spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject veins with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein. The veins then collapse and are reabsorbed. The surface “spider” veins are no longer visible.

You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any region. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated you may have one to several injections per session.

Compression stockings are usually worn for several weeks after the procedure. The procedure is done in the office with minimal discomfort. Bruising and pigmentation may occur after the treatment. This typically disappears within 1-2 weeks. Although pigmentation almost always fades, it can last for several months. To the right spider veins before and after sclerotherapy (individual results can vary).


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