Whether you’re embarrassed by the appearance of varicose veins or you’re tired of suffering from the pain, radiofrequency ablation is an exceptional in-office treatment option. Hampton Vein & Vascular has extensive experience using this innovative procedure for permanently eliminating varicose veins. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, or use the online booking feature.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio waves to deliver the precise level of heat needed to safely shrink the tissues in your veins. As a result, the vein walls collapse, closing the vein, and creating scar tissue.
Over time, your body naturally absorbs the scar tissue, permanently eliminating the treated varicose veins. When the varicosity is gone, your body reroutes blood, so it continues to flow through a nearby vein. Even though a small portion of your venous system is removed, your circulation improves because blood can flow freely rather than being trapped in the varicose veins.
Improving your appearance is always a good reason to treat varicose veins, but there are also medical benefits. When you have varicose veins, blood doesn’t flow back to your heart the way it should. As the vein traps unoxygenated blood, some of it seeps into nearby tissues. Additionally, the partially blocked vein increases pressure inside the vein, putting you at risk for problems like skin ulcers and blood clots.
Hampton Vein & Vascular uses ultrasound to map your veins and plan the procedure. After applying a local anesthetic, your provider makes a small cut, creating access for a slender catheter that contains a radiofrequency electrode.
Using the Venefit™ procedure and ultrasound imaging to guide the catheter, your provider inserts the catheter and threads it through the vein to the end of varicosity. As they slowly withdraw the catheter, they trigger pulses of radiofrequency energy that heat and collapse the vein.
Since they inject an anesthetic solution over the entire vein, you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. However, some patients can feel the pressure as the catheter moves through their veins.
After your treatment is complete, you wear compression stockings to support the treated veins and enhance blood flow. You can return to your daily routine as soon as you leave the office, but you need to avoid strenuous activities and prolonged sitting for a short time. You’ll see optimal results over the next few months as your body absorbs the treated tissues.
To learn more about having your varicose veins treated with radiofrequency ablation, call Hampton Vein & Vascular or schedule an appointment online.