Endovenous Ablation Specialist

Michael Kassouf, MD -  - Vascular Surgeon


Michael Kassouf, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Queens, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Washington Heights, NY

Large, disfiguring varicose veins in your inner thigh can be uncomfortable as well as unsightly. If you’re affected by this problem, board-certified vascular surgeon Michael Kassouf, MD, and his team at VeinMedic offer endovenous ablation to treat varicose veins using state-of-the-art laser and radiofrequency technology. At their convenient locations in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge, Manhattan's Washington Heights, Elmhurst in Queens, and Mount Hope in the Bronx, VeinMedic has the facilities and specialist expertise to provide outstanding results. Call your nearest New York City office today or book your appointment online.

Endovenous Ablation Q & A

What is endovenous ablation?

Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure for treating problem varicose veins in your inner thigh. 

The team at VeinMedic carries out endovenous ablation using laser or radiofrequency energy to heat the varicose vein, which irritates the vein walls and causes them to collapse. The vein then shrinks and eventually disappears.

Because the vein can’t carry blood after endovenous ablation, your body automatically reroutes your blood supply using other nearby vessels. 

You don’t need every superficial vein, so destroying one has no adverse effect on the efficiency of your circulation. In fact, as varicose veins are bad for your circulation, removing them improves blood flow.

Why would I need endovenous ablation?

Endovenous ablation is an effective treatment solution for troublesome, unsightly varicose veins. Varicose veins are a common problem, caused by the valves in your veins not working properly. 

The valves should prevent blood from flowing backward along the vein. If the valves weaken, blood can leak the wrong way and build up, making veins swell.

As they develop, varicose veins become more noticeable and start to protrude from the skin, forming twisted knots of blue and purple veins. 

As well as being unsightly, varicose veins can be itchy, sore, and painful, and make your legs ache. You’re also more likely to develop a blood clot if you have varicose veins.

What other treatments are available for varicose veins?

For smaller veins, sclerotherapy is an effective option, but it isn’t suitable for the saphenous vein on your inner thigh. Surgery is the traditional treatment used to remove severe varicose veins, but endovenous ablation has several advantages over surgery because the procedure:

  • Doesn’t require anesthetic
  • Is less painful than surgery
  • Doesn’t leave scarring
  • Enables faster recovery
  • Provides immediate relief from symptoms

Patients at VeinMedic who have endovenous ablation for their varicose veins typically achieve excellent results and are very satisfied with the outcomes. The procedure takes 30-60 minutes, and most patients find they experience minimal discomfort. 

You can go home within an hour and resume your normal activities. You need to wear a compression bandage for the first week and see the team at VeinMedic for a checkup 1-2 weeks after the procedure.

There are also several innovative alternative treatments available at VeinMedic:


Varithena is a nonthermal, nontumescent ablation microfoam that fills the affected vein and causes it to collapse, bringing about a rerouting of blood flow in the same way as endovenous ablation.  


ClariVein IC is a tiny tube that enters your peripheral veins through a pin-sized entrance hole. There a rotating wire delivers medicine to treat the varicose veins.


The VenaSeal closure system is a nontumescent, nonthermal, nonsclerosant procedure that uses a medical glue to close a varicose vein. 

If you have varicose veins on your inner thighs, call VeinMedic today to find out more about endovenous ablation or alternative treatments, or book an appointment using the online tool.