Many Cincinnati residents are dealing with a vein condition called varicose veins. These ropey, bulging veins can be difficult to conceal, and even dangerous in some cases. If you are someone who is suffering from varicose veins, our professionals here at RejuVeination can help.
What are Varicose Veins?
Veins are blood vessels responsible for returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs. Veins that are functioning normally have one-way valves that prevent the return of blood back into the vein. In some people, these valves can malfunction, allowing blood to pool in the veins. When this happens, the veins can become distorted in appearance and function.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can occur due to a variety of causes. For some patients, genetics are a large factor in the development of these problem veins. For others, they may not possess enough valves, or the valves have become faulty for some unknown reason.
Sometimes called the Closure procedure, radiofrequency ablation utilizes radiofrequency energy to transmit thermal energy into the vein, collapsing it and sealing off selected blood vessels.
Treatments may begin by mapping the course of the vein using ultrasound. Then, a catheter is inserted into the blood vessel. This allows for the delivery of electricity in a series of pulses, which heats and contracts the collagen inside the vein walls. This successfully causes them to shrink and shutdown.
The treatment of the vein can be in small segments and begin moving the catheter slowly back to the incision or entry point. After the vein has been ablated, your body reroutes the blood through neighboring veins that are healthy, which restores normal circulation and reduces swelling. The destroyed vein can then become scar tissue and absorbed by your body eventually.
Sclerotherapy has been the treatment of choice for problem veins for decades. It involves the injection of a solution into the problem vein. This causes the vein lining to become irritated, swell, and become scarred. After the vein is scarred, it collapses and is eventually reabsorbed by your body. Just as in radiofrequency ablation, the blood that the vessel once contained is absorbed by neighboring blood vessels. Sclerotherapy treatments are performed in office, which takes under an hour. The exact amount of time depends upon how many veins need to be treated and their size and location.
If you are like many people struggling with the discomfort of varicose veins, reach out to us here at RejuVeination to learn about our effective treatment options. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!