Vein Ligation and Vein Stripping vs. Ablation

What is vein ligation and vein stripping?

Vein ligation and vein stripping are surgical procedures for the treatment of varicose veins. Ligation involves a small incision in the skin in order to tie off the vein to prevent pooling of blood. Vein stripping, sometimes called phlebectomy, is actual removal of the damaged vein. This is done through one or more incisions behind the knee or in the groin area. By inserting a thin flexible apparatus, the vein is grasped and removed. These procedures were the traditional treatment methods for 350 years until laser and radio frequency techniques were developed as a less invasive, less painful alternative. Further technological advancements have evolved into such treatments as the Radio Frequency Ablation (or the Venefit procedure) and the ClariVein procedure, both performed in our clinic by Dr. Sassan Kaveh.


How is the Radio Frequency Ablation Procedure performed?

During a Venefit procedure, a catheter is inserted into the vein through a tiny incision made below the knee. The physician then uses ultrasound imaging to guide his way through the vessel. Working one segment at a time, the physician administers a 20-second burst of radio frequency energy which causes the vessel to shrink around the catheter. The procedure can be completed in just minutes, causes less bruising and allows for a quick recovery.



How is the ClariVein Ablation procedure performed?

The ClariVein procedure is one of the latest, most effective minimally invasive treatment options currently available. Similar to the Venefit procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the vein using ultrasound control. However, the method used to close the vein is quite different than other procedures. As opposed to using heat or radio frequency, the tip of the catheter rotates and disrupts the lining of the vein. This allows for the use of a highly effective drug to close the vein. The Clarivein procedure is safe, fast and effective, with the least amount of pain or bruising.



Dr. Kaveh has years of experience as a vein specialist and has performed many successful ablation and occlusion procedures on his patients. He is one of the only physicians in the state of Nevada qualified to perform the ClariVein procedure.  For more detailed information on the Venefit procedure, click here. To learn more about the ClariVein procedure, click here. If you still have questions or would like to book a consultation with Dr. Kaveh, our friendly staff are here to help!