Women's Health

Vein Ablation and Varicose Veins

Vein Ablation is a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment for varicose veins.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency—the pooling of blood in the veins that decreases blood flow from the leg veins to the heart. This occurs when the one-way valves in the veins stop working.  

Treatment with Vein Ablation

An interventional radiologist can treat venous insufficiency and varicose veins by inserting a catheter, using ultrasound guidance, into the abnormal vein. Through the catheter, laser or radiofrequency energy is used to seal the vein. Once the affected vein is closed, healthy veins then help re-establish normal blood flow. The dilated varicose veins can also be removed through small nicks in the skin, called microphlebectomy.

What to Expect

First, you will meet with an interventional radiologist who specializes in vein diseases. If you haven’t already, you will have an ultrasound to map your veins and look for venous insufficiency.

On the day of your procedure, you will come to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The procedure takes about 1 hour. You will go home the same day. The treated leg will have a special wrap in place. You will follow up to have the wrap removed in a few days.


Schedule your Varicose Vein Ablation.