You may be familiar with this condition called Varicose Veins. It’s a relatively common condition – found primarily in women – which causes veins, typically in the legs, to bulge under the skin. More than 20% of Americans have Varicose Veins, but how much do you really know about it or the treatments to get rid of them?
It may seem to the naked eye that the worst part of Varicose Veins is their undesirable appearance, but in fact, many patients experience aching and throbbing at the site.

The veins in your lower body are responsible for working against gravity to pump blood back to your heart. In Varicose Veins the series of one-way valves that facilitate pushing the blood back up toward the heart don’t close properly causing blood to pool in the veins giving them a bulging and twisted look. Those dysfunctional valves, paired with the extra pressure created when you spend a lot of time on your feet, aging, and even pregnancy result in Varicose Veins.

Thankfully there is a procedure called Vein Ablation that can help eliminate these undesirable veins. During this procedure, the doctor, after numbing the area, will make a small incision in the skin where the catheter is inserted into the vein. Once inside the targeted vein the catheter releases either radio frequency or laser energy to heat up the vein. This causes the vein to scar and die as blood is redirected to other veins in the legs.

The whole procedure is low risk and takes about an hour to perform. During recovery patients can expect some swelling in the treatment area that may last up to ten days. Vein Ablation is such a successful procedure that nearly all patients who are treated in this manner have successful vein closure, and 85-97% remain closed after ten years. However, there is no assurance that other such veins won’t need to be treated in the future.

Vein Ablations are a safe and easy procedure that make a significant difference in your quality of life. Patients of this procedure regain the confidence to show off their legs during shorts season, and if live a life without irritating discomfort with this one simple, inpatient procedure. If you’re interested in tackling your Varicose Veins or have other heart or vein related issues you’d like to deal with, contact us today. We’ll gladly put you in contact with a cardiologist who can help make your life comfortable again!