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: 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.read more
A: While the deep venous system can develop venous insufficiency (reflux), the deep veins are supported by the leg muscles and bones and never become “varicose.” The superficial system lacks this support system and is consequently prone to varicose vein formation.read more
A: We frequently have patients come to our office who have had stripping done in the past. Despite the rather severe morbidity, vein stripping fails to relieve the patients’ venous reflux 50-65% of the time.read more
A: Varicose veins are not very attractive. Vanity, however, is usually only a minor reason people seek treatment. The major reason people seek treatment is usually because they are tired of the aching, pain, burning, tiredness, heaviness, itching, Restless Legs Syndrome sensations, night cramps, edema, eczema, hyperpigmentation, venous leg ulcers, and bleeding.read more
A: Because a genetic predisposition is the biggest risk factor for the development of varicose veins, the can appear at any age. Other risk factors such as age, pregnancy, physical trauma, prolonged standing or sitting at work, etc.read more