How Radiofrequency Ablation Can Treat Your Varicose Veins

Almost 20 percent of Americans experience varicose veins in their lifetime. Besides being embarrassing, these painful and twisted veins cause swelling, heaviness, and leg tiredness.

At Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, our skilled vascular disease specialists take varicose veins seriously. We use the latest state-of-the-art technology, including VNUS Closure® and Venclose™ radiofrequency treatment methods to end your vein problems, raise your self-confidence, and increase your comfort. 

Varicose veins: the basics

Blood vessels are responsible for pushing blood back up to your heart. When they stop working correctly, you may experience varicose veins. If your blood vessels no longer push blood back up like they’re supposed to, the blood pools there and accumulates. Then, when the blood collects there, your veins bulge, causing varicose veins.

These veins look bluish-purple or sometimes red. Plus, they’re often painful, and women are nearly twice as likely as men to experience swollen blood vessels. Your chances of getting varicose veins as you age are higher. The most common symptoms are:

You may be predisposed to developing varicose veins because of genetics, pregnancy, or being overweight. If you stand for extended periods, you’re also more likely to develop varicose veins. 

How radiofrequency ablation can help

Radiofrequency is made up of electrical and magnetic waves that create vibrations and friction in their atoms converted into thermal energy when they come into contact with tissue. Thermal energy increases temperature. The word ablation means to heat your damaged tissue. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses a series of short radiofrequency energy impulses to heat your varicose veins from within. 

VNUS and Venclose are minimally invasive treatments that trigger collagen contraction within your vein walls, causing your swollen vein to wither and close. The heat causes scars to form, and the scar tissue then closes up the damaged vein. In short, your varicose veins disappear due to atrophy. After that, your blood moves to healthy veins nearby. 

Additionally, RFA eliminates or reduces leg pain and has high patient satisfaction. Our experts treat small or large veins using only local anesthesia. RFA is a safe outpatient procedure, so there’s no recovery period. You’ll be able to walk immediately following treatment and leave the clinic the same day. 

Say goodbye to pants

Do you want to get rid of your varicose veins without major surgery? Get ready to wear shorts this summer with the help of our vascular specialists. Call Vascular Associates of San Diego or use the online scheduling tool to learn more about the latest innovative varicose vein treatment options.

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