If you are frequently on your feet or moving around, you may noticed enlarged veins in your feet or legs. When you’re standing or walking additional pressure is placed on the veins in your lower body. Endovenous ablation may be the right procedure for you if you are bothered by the appearance of or are in pain or discomfort from varicose veins.
Varicose veins, as they are referred to, are often a cosmetic concern but may also lead to discomfort, pain or more severe health conditions. Our physicians perform endovenous radiofrequency venous ablation as one of our in office procedures to address varicose veins.
What are some signs and symptoms of varicose veins?
You may have varicose veins if you notice veins in your feet or legs that:
- Are dark purple or blue in color
- Are twisted or bulgy
- Feel heavy or painful
- Burn, throb, or cause muscle cramping or swelling
- Harden or change color, which can indicate a more severe condition
What are some factors that cause the development of varicose veins?
A number of factors can contribute to varicose veins, including standing or sitting for extended amounts of time, aging, pregnancy, family history and obesity.
Who is a potential candidate for endovenous venous ablation?
Endovenous venous ablation may be the right procedure for you if you are bothered by the appearance of or are in pain or discomfort from varicose veins. Our physicians can help you decide if this procedure is right for you during your initial appointment.
What can I expect from endovenous venous ablation?
During your endovenous venous ablation procedure, a numbing agent will be applied to the designated treatment area. A tiny incision will be made into the skin, where a fine tube (catheter) will be administered. Once the catheter is inserted into the targeted vein, radiofrequency energy will be delivered from the tip of the catheter into the vein. As the catheter is removed, the warmth created by the radiofrequency energy will result in the collapse and closure of the vein. Your body will process the collapsed veins as scar tissue and the blood will be rerouted to healthier veins.