Endovenous Chemical Ablation

Endovenous treatments ('from within the vein’) have emerged as effective alternatives to surgery, for the management of varicose veins and chronic venous disease. Rather than surgically removing the problem veins, these techniques involve sealing the veins closed, rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins. These treatments are equally suitable for symptomatic venous disease, or for those bothered by the cosmetic appearance of unsightly varicose veins.

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The Process

Endovenous Chemical Ablation involves the injection of a medical adhesive, in order to seal the diseased vein.  Using ultrasound guidance, a catheter is introduced in the calf, and advanced to the top of the target vein.  As the catheter is withdrawn along the length of the vein, the adhesive (glue) is applied, resulting in vein closure. This procedure requires only local anesthetic at the vein access site, rather than tumescent freezing throughout the leg.

After successful endovenous chemical ablation of the culprit surface veins that are responsible for back flow and blood pooling, sclerotherapy may be necessary to treat residual varicose veins.  For details, visit the dedicated Sclerotherapy information section.

Clinical evidence suggests equivalent efficacy of endovenous ablation compared to surgical vein stripping, with a reduction in the rate of long-term recurrence.

Compared to traditional surgical methods, endovenous chemical ablation has numerous advantages:
• Office-based, minimally invasive intervention
• Decreased overall risk
• Less post-procedure pain
• More rapid return to regular daily activities

Currently, endovenous treatments are not covered under OHIP.  Contact Own Health for details regarding pricing.

How It Works

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Step 1
Local freezing at vein access site
Step 2
Endovenous devices threaded through vein
Step 3
Ultrasound used to guide glue catheter to origin of target vein
Step 4
Chemical sealant delivered within vein as pressure applied and catheter slowly withdrawn

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