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What’s the Least Invasive Way to Treat Varicose Veins?

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When people are looking at your legs, you don’t want them to see varicose veins. Swollen, blue veins can be very painful to live with. There are multiple proven-safe treatments for varicose veins. If you’re searching for the one that’s least invasive – the one that requires no hospital visit, only local anesthesia, and just a single needle stick – you’ll want to know about radiofrequency ablation.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

All varicose vein treatments work by closing the problem vein. There are different modalities: Sclerotherapy uses a special foam to close the vein, while vein ablation uses radiofrequency energy. Radiofrequency ablation uses a thin tube called a catheter to send heat into your vein, which closes off the blood flow from the problem vein. 

Before inserting the catheter, the doctor will inject a tumescent fluid made from a mixture of saline solution, lidocaine, and sodium bicarbonate solution. This solution will protect the tissue surrounding your vein from damage, minimize pain, and ensure the vein will be completely closed. Tumescent fluid has been used in the health care setting for over thirty years and is proven to be safe.

Tumescent fluid has been used in the health care setting for over thirty years and is proven to be safe. 

What Type of Treatment Experience Should I Expect?

You can say goodbye to your varicose veins without ever having to visit the hospital. Radiofrequency ablation treatment is available as an outpatient procedure, in our convenient, comfortable facility. You’ll be seated and awake for the procedure. Local anesthetic is administered to keep you comfortable, and then Dr. Arad administers the treatment.

Radiofrequency ablation is a gentle, effective procedure that is a good treatment option for patients who are seeking a way to eliminate their varicose veins without surgery. The procedure is easily tolerated by most patients, who return to their normal routine with very little disruption. After radiofrequency ablation treatment, all you need to do is avoid strenuous exercise for a few days and wear compression socks for about two weeks. The overall recovery process is generally faster than with any alternative treatment.


Is Radiofrequency Ablation The Right Treatment Option for My Varicose Veins?

The reason there are multiple treatment options for varicose veins is that people come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their varicose veins. During your diagnostic ultrasound, the doctor will gather the information needed to make treatment recommendations that will best address your needs.

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