Vein Glossary

Below is a glossary of terms related to all aspects of venous disease

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Ablation
A generic term that refers to the closing of the greater saphenous vein (GSV), small saphenous vein (SSV), or anterior accessory saphenous vein using heat from a laser or radio frequency catheter.
  -- Endovenous Thermal Ablation of Superficial Venous Insufficiency of the Lower Extremity: Single-Center Experience with 3000 Limbs Treated in a 7-Year Period


Radio Frequency
Any type of device that produces heat from electricity and it is used to treat large and small veins.