Everyone focuses on the unattractive appearance of varicose veins, but they’re more than a cosmetic problem. The condition that causes varicose veins can lead to leg pain and other serious leg problems. The experienced cardiologist at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care offers a safe and highly effective treatment for varicose veins called vein ablation. To learn more about permanently eliminating varicose veins, call the office in White Plains, New York, or book an appointment online today.
Vein ablation, also called endovenous ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure that safely and permanently eliminates varicose veins. When you have a vein ablation, the procedure also treats venous insufficiency, the condition that causes these bulging, twisted, dark blue and purple veins.
Many people think that varicose veins are nothing more than a cosmetic problem that makes their legs look unattractive. But varicose veins are a sign that you have a valve problem inside the leg vein.
The veins in your leg carry blood up your leg and back toward your heart. Valves inside the vein open to let blood go up, and then close to prevent it from flowing down your leg. When the valves weaken or stop working, some of the blood goes back down the vein. That’s when you have venous insufficiency.
The blood going backward eventually stops at the next healthy valve. Then it starts to accumulate in that section of the vein, ultimately causing enlarged varicose veins that bulge above your skin.
Some people never develop any symptoms. However, varicose veins often cause:
Venous insufficiency increases the vein pressure in your lower leg, leading to another group of problems. You may develop a skin rash, reddish-brown skin discoloration, or tough, thickened skin. Venous insufficiency can also lead to an open ulcer that won’t heal without specialized wound care.
After giving you a local anesthetic, your cardiologist at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care makes a tiny cut and inserts a catheter into the vein. Using real-time imaging such as ultrasound, they guide the catheter to the end of the diseased vein.
As your provider slowly withdraws the catheter, it sends out a controlled burst of radiofrequency or laser energy. Both treatments heat the vein and make the wall collapse.
After the vein closes, the treated area turns into scar tissue that your body gradually absorbs. As a result, varicose veins disappear, and the damaged valve is eliminated.
Your body naturally reroutes blood flow through another healthy vein, restoring normal circulation, getting rid of venous insufficiency, and allowing any wounds in your lower leg to heal.
If you’re ready to get rid of varicose veins, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today.