Endovenous Thermal Ablation at the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii

Modern, Minimally Invasive Treatment for Varicose Veins

At our clinic, we embrace the latest advancements in vein treatment technology to offer you Endovenous thermal ablation is a method to get rid of varicose veins without surgery by using either radiofrequency waves or a laser to seal off diseased veins. Endovenous thermal ablation offers a quick, safe, and effective alternative to traditional surgical methods, helping you get back to your daily life with little to no downtime.

What is Endovenous Thermal Ablation (ETA)?

Endovenous thermal ablation uses either radiofrequency waves or laser energy to heat and close off varicose veins from the inside. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is guided by ultrasound imaging to ensure precision. The laser targets the affected vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut. Over time, the treated vein is naturally absorbed by the body.

Benefits of Endovenous Thermal Ablation (ETA)

  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike vein stripping, ETA does not require large incisions. A small entry point for the laser fiber is all that’s needed.
  • Quick Recovery: The procedure typically takes less than an hour, and most patients can resume normal activities immediately, with little to no pain.
  • High Success Rate: ETA has a proven track record of effectiveness with minimal risk of complications.
  • Cosmetic Improvement: Most patients notice a significant improvement in the appearance of their legs following treatment.

The Procedure

  1. Consultation: Dr. Chung will conduct a thorough evaluation of your veins using ultrasound technology to determine if ETA is the best treatment option for you.
  2. Procedure: After applying local anesthesia, a thin radiofrequency or laser fiber is inserted through a small incision into the varicose vein. The device is activated as the fiber is slowly withdrawn, sealing the vein.
  3. Recovery: Immediately after the procedure, you can walk out of the clinic. We recommend wearing compression stockings for a short period to optimize healing.

Post-Treatment Care

Post-ETA care is straightforward. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure and can typically return to everyday activities the same day. Some bruising or swelling may occur but usually subsides within a few weeks. Follow-up appointments are essential to monitor the healing process and to ensure the vein has closed effectively.

Is ETA Right for You?

Endovenous thermal ablation (ETA) is suitable for patients looking for a non-surgical option to address varicose veins. If you're experiencing symptoms or are concerned about the appearance of your veins, ETA might be the ideal solution. Schedule a consultation with our team at the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii to learn more about ETA and how it can help you achieve pain-free, beautiful legs.

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