Varicose veins can be both a cosmetic concern and a health issue for many individuals. These enlarged and twisted veins often appear blue or purple, bulging out from beneath the skin’s surface. They most commonly occur in the legs and can cause discomfort, pain, and swelling. If you are experiencing varicose veins, Coastal Vascular Center is here to help. Led by Dr. Ayar, a highly experienced radiologist specialist with over 20 years of experience. Our team offers advanced treatment options, including radiofrequency ablation, to eliminate varicose veins effectively and safely. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please call Coastal Vascular Center.
Understanding Varicose Veins
To understand how radiofrequency ablation works, it’s important to have a basic understanding of varicose veins. Varicose veins develop when the valves in the veins become weak or damaged, impeding the proper flow of blood. As a result, blood pools in the veins, causing them to enlarge, become twisted, and appear as bulging and twisted veins on the skin’s surface. Varicose veins can occur due to various factors, including genetics, age, hormonal changes, obesity, and prolonged sitting or standing.
The Need for Effective Treatment
Varicose veins can be more than just a cosmetic concern. In addition to the visible appearance, these veins can cause a range of symptoms and complications. Some individuals may experience pain, aching, and throbbing in the affected areas. Others may have swelling, heaviness, and fatigue in the legs. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to more severe complications, such as blood clots, skin ulcers, and bleeding. Therefore, seeking treatment for varicose veins to alleviate symptoms and prevent potential complications is important.
Overview of Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an advanced and minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins. This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat and damage the vein wall, causing the vein to collapse and seal off. This closure redirects blood flow to healthier veins, improving circulation and significantly reducing the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins.
RFA is typically performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient remains awake during the procedure. The treatment occurs on an outpatient basis. This allows individuals to return home on the same day. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour, depending on the number and size of the varicose veins treated.
The Procedure: Step by Step
Preparation: The patient’s leg is cleaned and sterilized before the procedure. Dr. Ayar will then numb the treatment area using a local anesthetic.
Placement of the Catheter: A thin catheter is inserted into the varicose vein through a small incision made on the skin. Dr. Ayar uses ultrasound guidance to position the catheter accurately.
Energy Delivery: Once the catheter is in place, radiofrequency energy is delivered through the catheter into the vein wall. The energy heats the vein, causing it to contract and close. The heat also damages the lining of the vein, promoting its closure and eventual absorption by the body.
Monitoring and Post-Procedure Care: Dr. Ayar monitors the progress using ultrasound imaging throughout the procedure. After completing the ablation, the catheter is removed, and a pressure dressing or compression stocking is applied to aid in healing and minimize swelling.
Patients can usually resume their normal activities the same day or the following day, as the medical team advises. Some temporary bruising, tightness, or discomfort in the treated area is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and compression garments.
Advantages of Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation offers several advantages over traditional surgical procedures for varicose veins:
Minimally Invasive: RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only a small incision. Compared to traditional vein stripping surgery, RFA offers a quicker recovery time, reduced pain, and minimal scarring.
Local Anesthesia: RFA traditionally, uses local anesthesia. This eliminates the need for general anesthesia and reducing associated risks.
High Success Rate: RFA has been shown to have a high success rate in eliminating varicose veins, with reported closure rates of over 90%. This makes it an effective and reliable treatment option.
Improved Symptoms: Patients often experience a significant reduction in symptoms such as pain, swelling, and discomfort following radiofrequency ablation. The treatment improves blood circulation, promoting healthier veins and reducing the risk of complications.
Outpatient Procedure: Usually, RFA is an outpatient procedure. This means patients can return home on the same day. This reduces the inconvenience and cost associated with hospital stays.
Minimal Downtime: The recovery time following RFA is relatively quick. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a day or two. However, heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks.
Expert Care at Coastal Vascular Center
At Coastal Vascular Center, we understand the impact of varicose veins on your quality of life. Led by Dr. Ayar, our dedicated team of medical professionals provides expert care for diagnosing and treating vascular conditions, including varicose veins. We are committed to using the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
If you have any questions or are considering treatment for varicose veins, please don’t hesitate to contact Coastal Vascular Center. Our staff is here to provide information, answer your questions, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayar. Take the first step towards healthier veins and improved well-being by reaching out to Coastal Vascular Center today.
Call Coastal Vascular Center at 713-999-6056 for any questions or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayar, an experienced vascular specialist with over 20 years of experience.