There are a number of different treatment options for varicose veins. Depending on the severity of the case, surgery may be required to remove the affected veins. While some cases can be effectively managed through increased activity, a low-sodium diet, and leg elevation.
One of the frequently used methods for treating varicose veins is endovenous ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to heat enlarged veins and cause them to collapse and close. Venous ablation is an alternative to vein stripping, a surgical procedure traditionally performed to remove the main vein in the leg.
Normally, the heart pumps oxygen-rich blood through the arteries and the rest of the body, including the legs. The blood then circulates back to the heart through a series of one-way valves found in the veins. When the valves leak and your veins stop working properly, blood can pool in the leg veins and cause them to be enlarged. This results in varicose or spider veins that often appear on the legs and thighs, but can also develop in other parts of the body.
The introduction of Venous ablation has given patients a viable option for a cosmetically superior procedure that does not leave visible scars. It is commonly utilized for the treatment of varicose veins, but can also be used for patients suffering from leg pain and other discomfort related to varicose veins and other venous conditions.
The procedure is done by inserting a thin catheter into the vein to treat it with radiofrequency energy or laser. To ensure that the laser is targeting the entire length of the vein, the physician performing the procedure uses an ultrasound monitor to track its path and visualize the veins. Once the vein’s wall is “injured” by the laser or radiofrequency electrode, it will shrink and eventually turn into scar tissue.
This safe procedure is useful for addressing the symptoms of varicose veins, as well as the cosmetic corners of patients suffering from the disease.
The benefits of Venous ablation:
- In most cases, venous ablation results in permanent removal of varicose veins because it effectively removes the refluxing source of the disease
- It offers immediate relief to patients who have undergone the procedure
- There will be no visible scarring as the procedure involves making a very small incision that does not have to be stitched closed
- It has fewer complications compared with vein stripping techniques
- After the procedure, patients can return to normal activities with little to no pain in the treated area
- The procedure does not require an overnight stay in a hospital