Chronic pain can be detrimental to your lifestyle, creeping up when you least expect it. One new state-of-the-art procedure that can help combat pain due to varicose veins is radiofrequency ablation. This new treatment uses an electrical current that is created by radio waves to heat up the vein, closing the diseased vein for good. The treated area is given a local anesthetic to numb the area before a needle is inserted, meaning there is little to no pain.
Radiofrequency ablation is a great option to treat larger varicose veins. The electrical currents heat up tissue, causing the vein walls to scar, closing the vein, which is absorbed naturally into the body. Any smaller spider veins left around the area can be treated with other procedures, such as sclerotherapy, if necessary.
Radiofrequency ablation treatments provide a permanent solution to varicose veins, although you may develop varicose veins in other spots. Patients who have a genetic predisposition towards varicose veins, those who smoke, those who are overweight, and those who lead a sedentary lifestyle are at a higher risk for developing more varicose veins in the future.
With any procedure, there are potential complications and side effects to be aware. Some patients may experience bleeding and infection around the area of insertion for the procedure. Individuals who are prone to these conditions should seek a physician’s guidance on if radiofrequency ablation is right for them. These potential complications happen on a very rare occasion and should not scare you away from this procedure. Side effects of the physical treatment can include mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the area being treated. Most patients do not experience pain, and the swelling and bruising is expected to fade away with a few days.
This procedure is typically pain and hassle-free. Patients are able to go home on the same day of the procedure. This minimally invasive procedure is a common procedure at the Laser Lipo & Vein Center, with Dr. Wright and his team of experts being highly trained in its execution, leaving you in capable hands. Call for a quick consultation today and see how radiofrequency ablation can change your life for the better.