If you have varicose veins, you know how difficult they are to cover up. You also know that they can be painful, and they can potentially cause other health issues. If you have varicose veins, you wish that you could get them to go away. You may have tried other things, but nothing works completely. The good news is that with modern technology, there are options out there that you have not yet explored. Radiofrequency Ablation at South Texas Vein Institute can help.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally-invasive treatment that is effective in treating varicose veins. Ablation lasers use heat to damage tissue around the veins and create scar tissue that closes the vein. The veins are then absorbed by the body and replaced by healthy tissue, improving the overall appearance.
The energy is put into the leg through a thin tube that is inserted through a small incision in the vein. It can be done on large veins as well with local anesthesia or mild sedatives. Recovery times are short, and you should be able to walk immediately following the treatment. Once you complete the process, you will need to wear compression socks for a week or longer and our medical team will schedule a follow-up appointment with you to make sure the vein has closed off.
Although the compression stockings are worn to reduce the risk of blood clots, other adverse reactions can occur in some cases. Our medical team will discuss these with you prior to treatment.
For those who are bothered by their varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation may be a viable solution. Pain after the treatment is typically minimal, and the results can last for two years or longer. The veins that do not completely close can be treated again by the same process or using another type of procedure.
If you are thinking about having radiofrequency ablation done on your varicose veins, the first thing you should do is schedule a consultation with our medical team and ask all of the questions you have about the procedure. Your varicose veins and overall health will be evaluated beforehand to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. You should also find out what the expectations are for you and highlight any concerns you may have. If approved for treatment, a customized plan will be created for you.
At South Texas Vein Institute, we offer a variety of solutions for all vascular conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for radiofrequency ablation.