An effective alternative to old-fashioned vein stripping surgery, catheter occlusion can be done without hospitalization, general anesthesia and no down time or long convalescence. A laser and radio frequency catheters heat up inside the vein sealing it shut. These procedures are performed in an outpatient setting with conscious sedation and local anesthesia. The patient walks out of the center and may resume near normal activities including work usually the next day.
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