Varicose veins are uncomfortable and can have a negative impact on your appearance. They can also be a progressive problem, and one that has a significant aspect of all other aspects of limb health. In fact, the vast majority of diagnosed leg ulcers are the result of untreated varicose veins. Moreover, many people who leave this condition untreated will develop the inflammation and internal tissue damage that’s characteristic of chronic venous insufficiency. The good news is that there are a number of innovative and incredibly effective treatments for these problem veins. Among the most popular of these is radiofrequency ablation.
Why Choose Radiofrequency Ablation for Your Vein Treatment?
Understanding the far-reaching effects of untreated varicose veins, people certainly have sufficient motivation for scheduling consultation appointments. Beyond limiting the impact of a weak or failed vein, however, there are number of important physical and psychological benefits that can be gained through treatment. This is especially true for those who began developing varicose veins at a relatively young age. Following these procedures, the body will have a better ability to route blood flow through the affected portion of the limb. More importantly, failed veins will no longer be visible through the skin. These treatments can give people the smooth, healthy and undeniably youthful-looking legs that they want and deserve.
How Radiofrequency Ablation Works
Veins are tasked with the ongoing challenge of moving blood back up to the heart. Given that blow naturally flows against gravity, one-way valves exist within the veins to keep blood from moving backward. Whenever any one of these valves weakens and malfunctions, the movement of blood is impeded and it will begin to pool in the vein and darken. This causes a stretching and bulging effect that makes the vein appear dark, discolored and enlarged. Although varicose veins commonly develop at the feet and legs, it’s certainly possible for them to appear in other areas as well.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses radiofrequency waves to heat damaged veins up. Guided by ultrasound visualization equipment, our provider will thread a tiny catheter through the affected vein that travels all the way up to the groin. The heat energy that is strategically directed through this catheter will collapse the vein entirely so that blood flow can be seamlessly routed to healthy veins within the vicinity. Your body will gradually absorb the collapsed vein over time, thereby creating a smooth and unblemished appearance at the surface of the leg.
RFA Is Quick and Safe
Radiofrequency ablation is an incredibly quick outpatient procedure that entails very little discomfort. There is no need for general anesthesia and no significant amount of downtime. The procedure typically lasts just 30 to 40 minutes.