We’ve got some great news on the vascular disease front! Patients can now eliminate varicose veins non-surgically with radiofrequency ablation.
Varicose veins are enlarged and bulging veins on the legs and lower extremities and can be both a cosmetic and medical concern. They occur when blood, that’s supposed to be returned to the heart, flows backwards and pools in veins.
Often times, women and men with varicose veins are asymptomatic, but some may experience swelling, aching, throbbing, heaviness, and ulcerations that can cause pain and discomfort.
In the past, invasive surgical procedures, such as vein ligation and stripping, were the only options to reduce varicose veins. however, that’s not the case anymore.
Continue reading to learn all about this procedure and what patients can expect should they decide to undergo radiofrequency ablation for treatment of varicose veins.
This procedure is a non-surgical alternative to vein stripping and ligation for the treatment of varicose veins.
It is an energy-based procedure that safely closes damaged or diseased veins, without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.
Current technology delivers infrared energy to veins walls through a catheter that is inserted into the affected vein.
This energy precisely heats the catheter tip to the point that the vein denatures and contracts around the catheter. Then, the catheter is slowly removed, causing the vein to close.
As a result of radiofrequency ablation, varicose veins are physically narrowed and repaired.
Radiofrequency ablation is safe and effective treatment option for varicose veins, with a number of advantages.
To start, it is much less invasive than vein stripping and ligation, with minimal risk of complications.
The procedure can also be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office and is well-tolerated by most patients.
Best of all, the procedure produces excellent cosmetic outcomes, and these clinical results can be seen at 4-5 years.
If you are considering radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of varicose veins, please contact Vein Center of Maryland today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.