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When you have unsightly, painful varicose veins, it can affect how you walk and how you feel about your appearance. At North Atlanta Vascular Clinic & Vein Center, the experienced medical team offers treatment options, including radiofrequency ablation, to address your symptoms and improve how your legs look.
In healthy veins, there are valves that help move blood back to your heart for oxygenation. Due to age or other underlying health issues, the valves can fail, allowing blood to flow backward into the vein, a condition known as venous insufficiency.
This valve failure leads to small spider veins and varicose veins that can develop in other areas of your body, especially your legs. These vein issues are most common in the legs because your blood needs to fight gravity to make it back to your heart.
Varicose veins can become large and twisted, becoming more visible beneath your skin. In some cases, the pain of varicose veins requires treatment to prevent interference with your mobility.
Radiofrequency ablation is a popular treatment option for varicose veins because it directly treats the affected vein from the surface of the skin. You can achieve significant results without a minute of downtime or the risks of surgery.
Additionally, radiofrequency ablation addresses venous insufficiency, the root cause of your varicose veins. If you have less noticeable spider veins, the medical team can also use radiofrequency technology to erase them at the same time as they treat your varicose veins.
The ablation procedure uses a thin, flexible catheter that’s inserted into the affected vein through a small incision. In some cases, ultrasound technology is used during the treatment to ensure the catheter is in the right place.
The catheter delivers heated radiofrequency energy into the vein, causing it to collapse and permanently close. Your blood continues to flow through nearby healthy veins, instantly improving your overall circulation.
Over time, your body reabsorbs the collapsed vein, significantly reducing their appearance. In many cases, veins treated through radiofrequency ablation disappear completely, leaving you with smooth, vein-free skin.
Treatment takes an hour or less and you can expect to return home to rest immediately after your procedure. You won’t have to worry about recovering from surgery or caring for a large incision. Many people return to their usual routine the next day without any limitations.
To find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, the team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic performs a physical evaluation of your varicose veins and reviews your medical history.
If you have narrow veins or veins that are close to the surface of your skin, radiofrequency ablation may not be ideal for you. The specialists at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic can recommend other treatment options, like sclerotherapy, to address painful varicose veins.
Learn if radiofrequency ablation is the best course of treatment for reducing the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins by scheduling a consultation online today or calling the office nearest you.
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