Varicose Veins And Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Varicose vein symptoms include enlarged, twisted, rope-like veins that appear near the surface of the skin.
Why do varicose veins form?
In normally functioning veins, tiny one-way valves open as blood flows toward the heart and close to prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves malfunction, blood pools in the veins, resulting in a buildup of pressure that weakens their walls, causing them to bulge.
How do we treat varicose veins? The way we treat most patients with varicose veins is with our Endovenous Laser Treatment also called Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA). This state-of-the-art procedure allows us to effectively remove varicose veins without the traditional method of “vein stripping”. There is no recovery time required.We want patients to get up and move as soon after this procedure as possible as the body will naturally absorb the collapse vein once treated.
About Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)
RFA Treatment is a revolutionary, nonsurgical treatment for the removal of unwanted, painful varicose veins. It is also effective in the treatment of chronic leg pain, leg swelling, venous ulcers, and restless leg syndrome.
How Does It Work?
RFA Treatment is a revolutionary, nonsurgical treatment for the removal of unwanted varicose veins. It is also effective in the treatment of chronic leg pain, leg swelling, venous ulcers, and restless leg syndrome.
How Successful Is RFA?
RFA Treatment is successful approximately 98% of the time. The vein will actually stay open about 2% of the time. If this occurs, we simply will re-treat the vein.
Is Vein Treatment Covered By Insurance?
RFA Treatment is currently covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. We will verify with your insurance company that it is covered in your plan prior to proceeding. If you do not have insurance or have an extremely high deductible, we can discuss affordable payment options with you.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
On average RFA Treatment takes approximately 10 minutes.
Does It Hurt, And What Is The Recovery Time?
It is normal to have some minor discomfort during the procedure. We have performed over 3,000 procedures and have never had to discontinue the procedure because of patient discomfort. Your comfort is our number one priority. We will do everything that we can to make this as relaxing and comfortable of an experience as possible. There is no recovery time needed. The procedure can be performed during your lunch break with immediate return to work. We encourage you to walk after the procedure.
What Are The Side Effects?
The most common side effects are minor bruising or discomfort in the area of the treated vein. Also, occasionally patients will experience tingling or “pins and needles.” This normally resolves in 3-4 weeks.
Are There Alternative Treatments?
The traditional treatment, vein stripping and ligation, requires general anesthesia, pain and a long recovery. We do not recommend this. All other forms of treatment including foam sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, Vein Gogh, and sclerotherapy are also performed in our clinic. This may be an adjunct to your treatment plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes. Procedures are covered by Medicare and most major insurers.read more
Q: Everyone tells me it is better to “just live with it” because vein treatment is ineffective and painful.
A: Historical vein treatments such as vein stripping were extremely painful, left disfiguring scars, and were only minimally effective. The cure was definitely worse than the disease. Current techniques have fortunately revolutionized the treatment of venous disease.read more
A: Endovenous Laser Ablation with the CTEV laser is approximately 98% effective in treating refluxing veins. There is therefore an approximately 2% chance that a treated vein will “recannulate” or come back, requiring additional treatment. This is easily identified with a postoperative duplex examination and re-treated.read more
Q: I don’t like the way the veins on my hands / feet look. Will they turn into varicose or spider veins?
A: Enlarged veins on the back of the hands and feet are quite normal. They are visible only because the overlying skin is thin, and there is very little subcutaneous fat in these areas. They are typically more prominent in slender people. Treatment is generally not indicated in these cases.read more
A: Poor circulation is a rather vague term that includes arterial problems and venous problems. Arterial disease leads to reduced flow of the blood carrying oxygen and nutrients down the leg to the tissues. Venous disease causes poor flow of blood carrying cellular waste back up the leg to the heart. The severe lack of arterial blood bringing oxygen and nutrients can cause tissue death, which can lead to amputation. Poor venous flow does not pose this risk.read more