Unsightly and painful varicose veins may seem like a minor problem, but without treatment, they can cause serious complications. If you have varicose veins, experienced vein care experts Adam Phillips, DO, TC Lackey II, DO, and their team at Florida Lakes Vein Center can help. At locations in Venice and Lakewood Ranch, Florida, they provide advanced treatments like minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation to get rid of varicose veins for good. Call the Florida Lakes Vein Center office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that uses heat created by radio wave energy to close varicose veins.
During the treatment, your provider at Florida Lakes Vein Center inserts a needle that delivers radiofrequency energy into your vein through a catheter. The heat produced by the procedure closes off blood flow in the problem vein.
Radiofrequency ablation typically takes 30-45 minutes. You lie on a treatment table during the procedure, and your provider injects numbing medicine into the vein. Using ultrasound imaging technology to guide them, they then insert a small needle.
Your provider feeds a tiny tube called a catheter into the vein through the needle. Once the catheter is in the correct position, your provider slowly draws it backward. As the catheter delivers the heat, the vein closes off.
The Florida Lakes Vein Center team might recommend radiofrequency ablation to treat symptomatic varicose veins in your legs.
These veins are affected by circulatory problems that cause them to become swollen and tender. They often protrude above the skin in twisted blue, red, or purple coils that can be distressingly unsightly.
Varicose veins are a common problem, especially from middle age onward. The cause is faulty valves in your leg veins, which allows blood that should be headed to your heart to gather in the veins.
Initially more of a cosmetic problem, over time, varicose veins can become increasingly sore and painful and make your legs ache. Without treatment, it's possible for the diseased veins to develop serious complications like venous ulcers.
When treatment is complete, your provider removes the catheter and applies pressure to the insertion site to prevent any bleeding. They also put a bandage or an elastic compression stocking on your leg.
Once you get home, you should follow all post-procedure instructions carefully. This includes:
You should also avoid heavy exercise, lifting, air travel, and standing for long periods. Stay out of hot baths, saunas, and whirlpools as well.
You should feel and see the improvement in your legs within a few days, with optimal results typically taking 2-3 weeks.
Find out how radiofrequency ablation can restore health to your legs by calling Florida Lakes Vein Center today or booking an appointment online.