Varicose veins occur when blood pools in some of your leg veins, causing them to become enlarged and visible under the skin. The first line of treatment for spider veins and varicose veins entails making lifestyle changes and using compression stockings, but you may also need medical help from specialists at DHR Health Vein Institute. Our vein treatment doctors will examine you and devise a customized, non-surgical treatment plan to cut off blood flow in the varicose veins and divert it to nearby healthy veins. The best option for you may be varicose vein ablation.
The most common varicose vein ablation methods are:
Laser vein ablation – involves the removal of varicose veins by heating them using a laser.
Radiofrequency ablation – removes unwanted veins by heating them with radio wave energy.
What are the Benefits of Vein Ablation?
The treatment has fewer complications when compared to traditional vein stripping because it’s less invasive and patients report much less discomfort during recovery. Most of the abnormal veins become invisible after treatment, but some may take months to completely vanish. The majority of patients experience relief after the treatment and resume their daily activities immediately or quickly without swollen or aching legs.
How is Vein Ablation Done?
First, the vein specialist maps the varicose veins using ultrasound to determine their exact location. From there, a laser fiber or RFA catheter will be inserted into the unwanted vein. We will then apply laser or radiofrequency energy to heat and kill the varicose vein. After the treatment, you’ll most likely be asked to wear compression stockings for a set amount of time to promote healing.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Varicose vein ablation is performed in the comfort of our office and usually doesn’t take very much time to carry out, but if you have several veins to treat in both legs, you may require a series of treatment sessions. It all depends on the unique case.
Set up a time to speak with the experts at DHR Health Vein Institute in McAllen, Texas to know more about varicose vein ablation and whether or not the treatment is right for you. Contact our office today to book your appointment and get started.