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Bulging, twisted, painful veins can form when blood when the valves in your veins are damaged. These large veins are called varicose veins and can affect the quality of your life. Aside from their appearance, varicose veins can also indicate a more serious issue: venous insufficiency.
With cutting-edge technology, the vein specialists at the Leg & Vein Center can remove the major reflux pathway in the vein causing varicose veins to vanish and improving vein function.
Erase these unsightly veins and treat venous insufficiency with Radiofrequency Ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation uses a special catheter to deliver heat to the affected vein. After numbing the treatment area, your specialist will insert a catheter into the varicose vein and send out heated radio frequencies. By creating thermal injuries in the vein, the bulging vein will be encouraged to shrink and close.
This procedure can take 30-45 minutes to complete, and patients may return home the same day. Further treatments may be needed to reach the desired outcome.
Patients rarely experience complications following this procedure. However, pain medication, compression bandages, and short downtime are recommended for optimal healing. Some bruising, burning, or sensitivity of the treatment area may occur after treatment, but this is typically short-lived.
Radiofrequency ablation carries the risk of rare side effects, including blood clots, infection, or lasting pain. Your specialist may recommend exercises to help prevent the possibility of clotting. Contact your healthcare provider during recovery if you notice signs of infection, lasting inflammation, numbness or tingling in the legs or are experiencing chest pain or breathing issues.
Radiofrequency ablation can be an effective solution for patients with varicose veins. If you have painful varicose veins or are searching for treatment for venous insufficiency, consult with your doctor about this procedure.
During your scheduled meeting at the Leg & Vein Center, tell our experts if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and share what medicines you take regularly such as blood thinners. If you have sensitivities to anesthesia, it is important to share this information during your consultation, as well. Your vein specialist can help determine if radiofrequency ablation is the best procedure for your needs.
If you are searching for minimally invasive solutions for varicose veins, speak with an expert from the Cardiovascular Institute of the South Leg & Vein Center to learn if you could benefit from this procedure!