Ask the Doctor: Ablation for Varicose Veins

A reader asks about the surgery used to treat varicose veins: ablation.

Q. Can you explain a procedure called ablation that is used to remove a varicose vein? A. Ablation is minimally invasive surgery carried out using a catheter inserted into the affected vein through a small incision. In radiofrequency ablation, an electrode is inserted into the catheter and heated before being withdrawn; the heat causes the […]

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