Problematic veins can affect every aspect of a patient’s life. They can make a person’s perception of their own image decline, lure others into thinking less of a person and cause painful symptoms that may worsen with time. The worst part is that many patients believe that their only option has to be an invasive surgical procedure. This convinces them that they have to live with the problems that these veins bring.
The good news is that new methods of non-invasive treatment for venous problems are being developed each day. Radiofrequency venous ablation represents one of the biggest improvements that is helping patients to live their lives without worrying about their unsightly or painful vein issues.
What is Radiofrequency Venous Ablation?
Radiofrequency venous ablation is a procedure designed to cause changes inside of a problematic vein. These changes allow the vein to form a solid clot, which in turn restricts blood flow to result in the eventual death of the vein. Once the vein has died, it will be absorbed by the body. The excess will be removed by the lymphatic system while the remaining veins compensate for the loss of this vein.
This procedure succinctly solves the problems that problematic veins can pose. Symptoms such as varicose veins, pain, tingling and blue or purple veins can be eliminated by this procedure.
How Does It Work?
A small catheter is inserted into the skin. The tip of this catheter contains a special instrument designed to emit radio waves. The instrument is placed in close proximity to the venous walls while the care provider administers the radio waves. These transform into heat, which in turn causes permanent changes to the vein walls. This is what allows the vein to constrict.
The treated vein walls will begin to form a clot. Given the constriction of the vein and the length of the vein treated, the clot will form with a high degree of safety and long-term survivability. The body will dispose of the remaining vein as waste. This provides long-term relief from vein problems.
Why Should You Consider Radiofrequency Venous Ablation?
There are a number of unique reasons to choose radiofrequency venous ablation over other treatments for vein problems. The chief reason concerns the lack of required surgery. Radiofrequency ablation requires only a small incision, which should leave minimal scarring. Most treatments do not even require a single stitch to ensure that the incision site heals safely.
Another reason concerns the high success rates of radiofrequency venous ablation. Most patients do not see repeated problems with their veins. The five-year success rate for radiofrequency venous ablation is higher than most other types of vein treatments.
The last major reason concerns the relatively small impact that this procedure has on the average person’s life. Only a few days of rest are required before most patients can resume their normal activities, which contrasts greatly with the recovery required for the surgical removal of veins.
Learn More During a Consultation
To get all the facts about radiofrequency venous ablation, or to see if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation at Peripheral Vascular Associates, with offices in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde. Contact us today to book your appointment!