What to Expect with Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

What to Expect with Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

Treating varicose veins used to require general anesthesia, weeks of recovery, and an amount of scarring on the affected areas. Technology has advanced significantly, and though invasive procedures are still approved and available, most people opt for procedures that are minimally invasive, and very effective. 

When you’re ready to treat your varicose veins, the experts at Vascular Associates of San Diego have a selection of minimally invasive treatments that can yield results that beautify and heal your legs. Located in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County, our compassionate team of experienced professionals care for your varicose vein problems and treat underlying causes quickly. 

How did I get varicose veins?

Varicose veins are very common, affecting roughly 1 in 5 adults in the US. Though it’s possible for men to develop varicose veins, women are twice as likely to suffer from varicose veins. Genetic and environmental factors can also affect your risk of developing varicose veins, including: 

Varicose veins are a possible symptom of venous insufficiency, a condition that puts excessive pressure on your veins. As the heart pumps blood through your body, valves in the veins push blood in the direction that it needs to flow. If one of these valves malfunctions, blood can become trapped, pooling in the vein until it swells, and bulges to the top of your skin. 

Varicose veins are typically found on the legs, or in the pelvic area, but can appear on the arms, or on the face. Spider veins, which are tiny capillaries that have swollen against the skin, are similar to varicose veins, caused by dysfunctional valves within the capillaries.

Left untreated, varicose veins can cause other symptoms, despite being a symptom of another condition themselves. Possible complications of varicose veins include: 

Though serious complications of varicose veins are rare, the discomfort and unsightly appearance of varicose veins tend to worsen over time without treatment.

Can I treat varicose veins?

Varicose veins are treatable. If you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive varicose vein procedure, we’re here to help you. Vascular Associates of San Diego is pleased to offer state-of-the-art treatment methods, including VNUS Closure® radiofrequency treatment, and Venclose, our radiofrequency ablation treatments. 

When you come in for your radiofrequency ablation treatments, your provider helps you get comfortable, then gives you local anesthesia, and readies the system to give you the best results. Your provider uses laser, or radiofrequency energy to trigger collagen, causing the diseased vein to collapse, and the blood to flow to a healthy vein. 

If you are looking for a treatment for your varicose veins besides RA, Vascular Associates of San Diego also offers Venaseal and Varithena, which are less invasive techniques that are proven to be very effective.

What happens after I treat my varicose veins?

After your treatment, you will be prescribed any medication that you may need for pain, and you will need to wear compression stockings. Your provider will determine how long you will need to wear the compression stockings. You will be okay to drive home, or take public transit, as this is a common outpatient procedure that does not require you to be put to sleep. 

While it’s possible that you will be fine without treating your varicose veins, treating them will give you better cosmetic results, and eliminate your risk of developing complications from your varicose veins. Call us today at 619-375-1781, or book an appointment with us online.

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