A Closer Look at the Vein Ablation Treatment

Vein ablation treatment is minimally invasive. Once the vein is numbed by the doctors, a thin fiber is inserted into the vein with the help of ultrasound guidance. Once this step is completed, thermal energy is delivered via the fiber insert. The heat that is produced helps in ablating the vein.

These are unsightly. They are painful. According to experts they can also be the warning signs of long-term health risks such as blood clots, leg swelling, deep vein thrombosis, poor blood circulation etc. For the uninitiated; we are talking about the painful varicose veins.

ricose veins affect around 40% of the adult population. These are the superficial vessels, which are abnormally, twisted, lengthened or dilated and can be mostly seen on the legs and thighs. The veins typically rise and bulge above the skin’s surface. Needless to say; varicose veins are uncomfortable, unsightly and painful and may result in swelling of the legs.

Varicose vein treatments are usually necessary

 

 

 

When left untreated they may lead to rather serious problems such as leg ulcers, swelling and inflammation of the legs and more.

Self care can help you ease the pain. When we say self care we typically mean – following a regular exercise regime, elevating your legs and also wearing a snugly fitted compression stockings to ease your pain and to prevent from worsening the condition. Talk to a qualified doctor for vein ablation treatment in order to prevent your condition from worsening.

Examining the valve function

Doctors may use ultrasound technology to examine the leg veins in order to evaluate patients with varicose vein symptoms. The test is done to see whether blood that is moving out of the leg vein is also refluxing in these areas. In fact; ultrasound will also allow the specialist to assess the valve function, the shape of the veins and also to assess the blood flow.

Age stands as a primary risk factor for varicose veins. Statistical data also reveals the fact; women are more likely than men to have visible varicose veins

Vein ablation Treatment – let us take a detailed look

Yes, vein ablation treatment is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. The treatment procedure uses radiofrequency and laser energy to heat up and damage the wall inside the vein.

The treatment option to a great extent depends on the position and on the size of the varicose veins. Treatment options depend on your cosmetic concern and on their functional symptoms. The doctors provide treatments via a number of options with a singular aim of ablating the problem veins from inside. Once the veins are ablated they atrophy and disappear. Doctors use a number of different approaches for accomplishing the vein closure process.

Radiofrequency ablation – The specialists may deliver radiofrequency (RF) energy via a catheter. This helps in transmitting radiowave energy through small areas of tissue at high levels. The tissue helps in absorbing the energy and in converting it to heat and the heat destroys the cells that are exposed to it.

Laser treatment ablation– Doctors may deliver laser energy for transmitting laser light to the small areas of tissue. The tissue absorbs the energy and then converts it to heat. As an obvious next result the heat destroys the cells that are exposed to it. Doctors thus can target the abnormal blood vessels with laser rays to destroy them.

Sclerotherapy – Doctors may also use sclerotherapy or chemical scarring for ablating the veins. In this process the doctor injects alcohol and other medicated substance to the vein with an aim to cause the vein to scar and then close. The scar tissue is absorbed over the time by the body.

After the vein ablation treatment you may have to wear compression stockings for a week or more. During the follow ups your doctor may use duplex ultra sound to ensure that the vein is closed.

The Vein Ablation treatment in Huntington Beach is Non-invasive

The treatment is done by applying laser therapy and the radiofrequency ablation therapy. The treatment is usually done on an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.

Needless to say; the vein ablation treatment is minimally invasive. Once the vein is numbed by the doctors, a thin fiber is inserted into the vein with the help of ultrasound guidance. Once this step is completed, thermal energy is delivered via the fiber insert. The heat that is produced helps in ablating the vein.

After the diseased vein is closed the other healthy veins start to carry blood from the leg to restore normal blood flow to the heart.

Post operative instruction and other details

The actual process takes around 1 hour however it may take additional time for checking in, for the preparation and for bandaging.

Post procedure activity

Ambulate frequently and don’t remain immobilized for long. Ambulating will help in decreasing the blood clots and in improving the blood flow in the leg. Try walking for 15 minutes (2/3 Times a day) on the first post op day.

During the first 48 hours after the operation (when the bandage is still on) elevate your leg in intervals especially when you are not walking around.

Progress back to regular activities gradually and resume your yoga and aerobics class within four to five days after the procedure.

Post-procedure dressing care

Keep the bandage and the stocking in place for 48 hours. If the stocking feels too tight you may elevate the leg for decreasing the swelling.

Remove the stocking and bandage after 48 hours. Yes; you may shower also after 48 hours.

Also; wear the compression stockings regularly for around 2 weeks and only remove the stocking around bed time

Don’t suffer in silence. Talk to our experts for vein ablation treatment.

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Dr. Chane

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