Ultrasound-Guided Vein Ablation Specialist


Dr. Don H. Gaede

Varicose Vein Specialist located in Fresno, CA

Bulging legs covered in red, blue, or purple lines can make it difficult to confidently wear shorts or skirts. Don H. Gaede, MD, and the vein specialists at VeinPros in Fresno, California, can help you can reduce the appearance of varicose veins with a minimally invasive procedure called ultrasound-guided vein ablation. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Ultrasound-Guided Vein Ablation Q & A

What is ultrasound-guided vein ablation?

Ultrasound-guided vein ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to heat and close damaged veins. The procedure is completed in the office with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Dr. Gaede makes a tiny incision in your leg, and through the use of an ultrasound machine, computer, and video monitor, he can insert a catheter into the damaged vein to deliver the laser or radiofrequency energy.

Does ultrasound-guided vein ablation hurt?

Discomfort is minimized through the use of local anesthetic before and during the procedure. Most patients say the most uncomfortable part of the procedure is the injection of the local anesthetic, but the area is quickly numbed and most patients report that the experience is tolerable.  

Who should consider ultrasound-guided vein ablation?

If the appearance of varicose veins is bothersome to you and home treatments such as increasing exercise or wearing compression socks haven’t reduced their appearance, your doctor may suggest ultrasound-guided vein ablation as a cosmetic procedure. Vein ablation is also used to relieve associated varicose vein symptoms including leg heaviness or pain, swollen legs, or skin discoloration or ulcers.

How successful are ultrasound-guided vein ablation procedures?

Vein ablation is over 95% successful for treating varicose veins. There is little to no downtime after the procedure and most patients return to their regular activities within a day. Following treatment, you should wear compression stockings to reduce bruising and tenderness. 

Some patients may schedule sclerotherapy injections to treat remaining spider veins or smaller varicose veins after an ultrasound-guided vein ablation procedure.

What are the side effects of ultrasound-guided vein ablation?

As a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins, the side effects of ultrasound-guided vein ablation are minimal. The potential side effects include:

  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Redness or skin discoloration over the treated vein
  • Nerve  irritation (almost always temporary)
  • Small blood clots

The specialists at VeinPros take steps to minimize or eliminate potential side effects. To learn more about ultrasound-guided vein ablation or other treatment options for varicose veins, including sclerotherapy and ClosureFast™, give the vein specialists at VeinPros a call or book online to schedule an appointment.