Lasers in Medical Science

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 387–392 | Cite as

The state of the art of endothermal ablation

  • Renate R. van den BosEmail author
  • Thomas M. Proebstle
Original Article


Complaints relating to reflux in the venous system can be addressed by conservative, surgical, or interventional treatment options. The aim of the treatment is to prevent complications and progression of venous disease and to improve patients' quality of life. Endovenous thermal ablation therapies have become the most frequently used type of therapy for saphenous varicose veins. The available endovenous thermal techniques are endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and endovenous steam ablation. In this review, the procedures, indications, and treatment parameters of the three endovenous thermal ablation treatments are discussed as well as their advantages and disadvantages.


Endovenous thermal ablation Varicose veins Radiofrequency Laser Steam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyErasmus MC RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity Medical CenterMainzGermany

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