Varicose veins are often unsightly and can be somewhat painful for some, but it can be treated. Vein ablations are a process to treat varicose veins and help restore your legs to their normal appearance. The process only requires a tiny cut and takes less than an hour.
The Cause of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are often more unsightly than anything else, but no one wants them. They are caused by the valves in a blood vessel not completely closing, and the back pooling of blood in the legs causes the varicose veins to form. It is the pressure of the excess blood that causes the bulging of the veins. In some cases, this problem can lead to clotting, and often to a painful condition.
There are several factors that increase the risk of varicose veins. This includes a genetic history, age, and having multiple children. Being female is another cause, and women are more likely than men to develop this condition.
The diagnosis of varicose veins is performed using ultrasound. This enables doctors to see the various blood vessels and the direction in which the blood is flowing. Damage to the veins can also be viewed, enabling them to know which blood vessels need to be treated. Nearby blood vessels are also looked at to ensure that they are healthy and can handle the additional blood flow.
About Vein Ablation
A rather recent treatment for this condition is called vein ablation. It is the process of closing the vein off completely. There are two ways to do this with minimally invasive surgery.
- Radiofrequency Ablation – This process involves inserting a small catheter, and placing it next to the vein, or in it, in order to close it. Once it is in place, a radiofrequency device is turned on so that enough heat is generated to destroy the blood vessel.
- Laser Ablation – This process is similar, but this time a laser is used. The catheter is equipped with a laser and it is aimed at the blood vessel or blood vessels that need to be closed. The laser heats up the area and destroys the blood vessel, closing it and preventing further blood flow through it.
The vein ablation treatment is performed on an outpatient basis. Only local anesthetic is necessary, and patients can go home shortly after the minor surgery. Afterwards, compression stockings will need to be worn, and patients can return to work in a day or two – but will need to avoid heavy exertion for about a week. Some bruising will appear and last for about a month.
After this varicose vein treatment, a check-up will be performed using ultrasound. This will enable doctors to view the area and to ensure that the blood vessel was closed. In some cases, other veins that branch off from the closed blood vessel may still be affecting the area.
The Lower Back Pain NY center performs vein ablations to help your legs look healthy and normal again, and have less pain. We have several centers in New York City. All our doctors are Board-certified and our team is ready to help you become pain-free.