Venous problems like spider veins and varicose veins develop as the result of countless conditions within the body. While the causes may be different, the result tends to be similar; venous disease can manifest visible symptoms in legs, the face, arms and anywhere else on the body.
Some treatments exist to treat venous disease, which includes everything from compression and elevation to sclerotherapy. The problem is that these treatments may not be appropriate in every instance.
Radiofrequency ablation offers another way to treat venous disease. The trick to getting the best results, just as with any other type of procedure designed to treat venous disease, is understanding what this treatment is and when it is appropriate.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency utilizes radio waves to transfer energy to unwanted tissues. This energy transforms into heat when it meets tissues of the right density, which affects the tissue.
The main advantage of radiofrequency ablation over other methods of treating venous disease revolves around the minimally invasive and precise natures of the treatment. Only a small needle is inserted into the skin, which in turn allows problematic veins to be targeted with pinpoint accuracy.
The other benefit of this procedure revolves around its reliability with treating small to moderate veins. It is especially useful when treating veins in the face or other sensitive areas of the body.
When Should You Consider It?
If you have venous disease with symptoms that will not subside, or the symptoms are negatively impacting your life, then you may be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation. It can provide excellent long-term relief from conditions like varicose veins.
Smaller veins are generally ideal candidates for radiofrequency ablation. This is due to the size of the catheter combined with the way that the radiofrequency ablation permanently affects the vascular walls.
Patients who desire results with less discomfort should always inquire about radiofrequency ablation. It can provide these results with an incredibly reliable five-year prognosis for treating veins.
Another situation where radiofrequency ablation may be appropriate is when other treatments have failed, or if other treatments have proven less than successful in the past. The direct way radiofrequency ablation affects vascular tissue makes it a reliable alternative.
This does not mean that radiofrequency ablation is the ideal method for treating all types of venous disease. You should always work closely with our professionals to ensure that it is the ideal method of treating your symptoms.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
To learn more about radiofrequency ablation, or to see if you are a candidate, schedule an appointment with the South Texas Vein Institute, located in Edinburg. We can have a one-on-one consultation to determine the best method of treating your veins.
Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.