If you are in search of solutions to address the symptoms of varicose veins, you've come to the right place. EPIC Surgery Center of Scottsdale offers varicose veins treatment options, including radiofrequency ablations, for outstanding results with long-term relief. With our physicians' extensive experience and commitment to excellence, you can count on the highest level of care and service.
What Are Varicose Veins and How Do They Develop?
Varicose veins are unsightly veins that typically appear on the legs, anywhere from the ankles to the groin area. The veins in the legs are especially prone to this condition because of the increased pressure placed on them while standing or walking. Varicose veins develop when the valves in the affected veins become damaged, causing problems with blood flow.
Over time, blood collects in the veins, making them appear like twisted, bulging, rope-like cords. Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. They often cause swelling, cramping, heaviness, tenderness, aching, skin discoloration, or a burning or tingling sensation.
If you have symptoms and neglect to get treatment for varicose veins, the condition may progress and produce severe complications, including inflammation (phlebitis), ankle sores, skin ulcers, or bleeding. Moreover, varicose veins increase the risk of developing blood clots.
Venous Radiofrequency Ablation: An Overview
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a highly effective way to treat varicose veins. The vein closure procedure uses radiofrequency energy instead of laser energy to heat and damage the vein wall. Compared to ligation and vein stripping surgery, many patients find that venous radiofrequency ablation produces less pain and downtime, with similar treatment outcomes.
We'll start the procedure by numbing the area using local anesthesia. Our physicians will direct radiofrequency energy through a thin tube called a catheter inserted through a small incision in the affected vein. Once the catheter is in the targeted position, it will send out heat as we slowly draw it back. The diseased vein will collapse and close off.
What Happens After Venous Radiofrequency Ablation?
After treatment, you will wear compression stockings for a week or more, depending on your unique needs. We will follow up with a duplex ultrasound to ensure that the treated vein is closed and that your healing is on track.
After the vein is sealed shut, the body will naturally redirect the blood to healthy veins. In the long term, the thermal injury causes scar tissue in the vein, preventing it from reopening. A successfully treated vein will no longer be visible on an ultrasound a year following the vein radiofrequency ablation procedure.