A venous ablation is a procedure that is ordered by the physician due to edema, pain, varicose veins, or inflammation of the lower extremeties caused by the malfunction of valves in the veins. During the procedure, the patient is anesthetized and a heating element is introduced into the problem vein. The element heats the veins closed section by section until the entire problem area is treated. Blood would then reroute to the functioning veins and alleviate the patients' symptoms. This is an outpatient procedure done in the office.