Vein ablation therapy is a procedure in which heat is used to safely destroy one or more problem veins. Veins that are most commonly treated by this method are varicose veins. This venous condition can cause appearance issues as the veins become visible and bulge through the skin. Varicose veins can also cause things like pain, swelling, numbness, and tingling that can make life uncomfortable at times.
You may be a good candidate for vein ablation therapy if you cannot handle the general anesthesia that is required for invasive vein stripping surgery. These are methods by which the surgeon physically removes the vein from the body. This must be done in a hospital setting. It also means more downtime for recovery than some of the less invasive treatments that are available.
Vein ablation therapy can be done in the comfort of our office in Edinburg. During the procedure, a laser fiber is inserted into the skin and vein. It is then moved through the vein, emitting radiofrequency or laser energy as it goes, depending on the treatment. The energy safely destroys the vein, and blood flow is routed through other, more healthy veins. One of the great things about this treatment is that minimal downtime is involved. A patient need not take a bunch of time off of work to recover from the procedure.
This form of vein treatment is minimally-invasive, and the main goal is the same as any other vein treatment: to alleviate the unwanted symptoms and improve the appearance of the leg. When a person is no longer self-conscious about the appearance of bulging veins on their legs, they are more willing to get out and try new things. In short, their quality of life is significantly improved.
There are several minimally-invasive options for you to get rid of those problematic varicose veins you’ve been struggling with. So why wait? Make an appointment at the South Texas Vein Institute to learn more about your options for vein treatment. We offer other treatments in addition to vein ablation therapy, and we also treat spider veins and other venous issues. If you are looking for a safer alternative to invasive procedures to help destroy problem veins, vein ablation therapy may be right for you.