Ablation therapy is a treatment method that uses heat to produce results. When radiofrequency energy is the source of the heat, the method is referred to as radiofrequency ablation. It is often used to treat varicose veins. This condition is caused by venous insufficiency, which is a failure of the blood to flow properly through the vessels. The treatment is done to close off the problem veins.
Varicose veins form when the vessels become enlarged due to pooling of the blood inside. This causes the vessels to enlarge and become visible through the skin. Varicose veins can also produce physical symptoms that make life uncomfortable.
Fortunately, these vessels can be removed by focusing the radiofrequency energy onto the problem veins in ways that do not harm the surrounding tissue. As the vessels absorb the energy, it converts to heat in a sufficient amount to destroy the vein. Blood flow will then be rerouted through other vessels. That way, there are no complications from an interruption in circulation. The tissue that remains of the destroyed veins will be absorbed by the body through natural processes. As a result, they will disappear from view over the following weeks.
During a radiofrequency ablation procedure at our office, the energy is delivered from inside the vein. A probe is inserted into the vein through a catheter. The probe is then pulled through the vein, emitting radiofrequency energy as it goes.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally-invasive therapy that produces minimal side effects and does not require surgery. It is a safe and effective alternative to vein stripping surgery. The recovery is fast, making this treatment extremely convenient for people with busy schedules and lifestyles.
If you have problem veins that are causing you discomfort or are interfering with your appearance, you should have a conversation with our specialist at the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. Our team can let you know how radiofrequency ablation can be of benefit to you. It is more likely than not that you will be a good candidate for the procedure. The best way to find out, however, is to visit our office. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for radiofrequency ablation!