If you struggle with painful or swollen legs, or you have unsightly varicose veins, it may be time to consider endovenous ablation. The experienced specialists at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, serving all of San Diego County, perform minimally invasive endovenous ablation to safely eliminate varicose veins and treat chronic venous insufficiency. To learn more about endovenous ablation, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking system today.
The term “endovenous” refers to treating your veins from inside the blood vessel. Ablation means removing or destroying tissues. An endovenous ablation is a procedure performed inside your veins using a radiofrequency catheter to ablate the vein walls.
Your provider guides the catheter into the diseased vein, then sends controlled radiofrequency energy into the vein walls. The gentle heat damages the walls, making them collapse and turn into scar tissue.
Your body naturally clears away the scar tissue and reroutes blood through other healthy veins. As a result, varicose veins and venous insufficiency are effectively treated.
The veins in your legs use one-way valves to keep blood flowing up the legs and toward your heart. When a valve weakens or fails, some blood goes back down your leg. This condition is called venous insufficiency.
As the refluxing blood falls back until it reaches the next healthy valve, it starts to accumulate in that segment of the vein. Before long, the vein becomes engorged, causing twisted, dark blue and purple varicose veins that bulge above the skin’s surface.
Varicose veins and venous insufficiency cause symptoms such as:
Venous insufficiency causes high pressure in the veins in your lower leg. The pressure forces fluids out of small veins, and then the fluids break down the surrounding tissues. As a result, a venous ulcer develops.
Venous ulcers require intense wound care because they don’t heal on their own. Without medical attention, these ulcers keep enlarging and lead to skin and bone infections.
Your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego performs endovenous ablation in the office using a local anesthetic. They use a small needle to puncture your skin and then insert the catheter into the leg vein around your knee.
Using ultrasound imaging to see the vein and guide the catheter, they advance the catheter through the varicose vein or the area of the vein with damaged valves and refluxing blood. As they slowly remove the catheter, they release radiofrequency energy to ablate the vein.
In some cases, your provider may also follow up with sclerotherapy to eliminate any residual varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, they inject medication into the vein that makes the wall collapse.
If you have leg pain or unsightly varicose veins that you want to eliminate, call Vascular Associates of San Diego or schedule an appointment online.