Varicose Vein Treatment Serving Port St. Lucie and Stuart, FL

 

Varicose Veins And Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Varicose vein symptoms include enlarged, twisted, rope-like veins that appear near the surface of the skin. While they can develop anywhere in the body, they are most commonly found in the legs and ankles because standing and walking increase pressure in the lower extremities. 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. The way we treat most patients with varicose veins is with our Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT). This state-of-the-art procedure allows us to effectively remove varicose veins without the traditional method of “vein stripping,” and no recovery time required.

An example of a leg that needs varicose vein treatment in Port St. Lucie, FL

Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)

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 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.

Is It 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.

How Successful Is RFA?

It 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.

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

Q: Can varicose veins lead to amputation?

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.

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Q: Can varicose veins cause heart problems?

A: Heart disease and venous disease are not related. The causes of venous disease (hereditary predisposition to venous disease, prolonged standing, pregnancy, hormonal influences, local trauma, etc.) are completely different than those related to heart disease (hereditary predisposition to heart disease, elevated cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, etc.). Weak vein valves do not increase the likelihood of heart valves to fail.

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