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NY & NJ Vessel Ablation for Varicose Veins & Vessel Insufficiency


What is Vessel Ablation?

vessel ablation – formally known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – is a minimally invasive and highly effective procedure that uses image-guided radiofrequency or laser energy to recirculate blood flow to reduce pressure and stress away from abnormal vessels. Once faulty vessels are ablated, healthy vessels are then able to function in their place.

Endovenous ablation treatment boasts a 98% success rate in treating varicose vessels and vessel insufficiency (VI), and does not require general anesthesia or hospital stay.

Treatment results in improved circulation in the legs and helps alleviate common symptoms associated with varicose vessels and vessel insufficiency, such as:

  • Heaviness
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Restless Legs
  • Cramping (often misdiagnosed as dehydration)

EVA results in fewer complications than standard vessel surgery, and any complications that do arise are most often very minor and short-lived.


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What is Vessel Insufficiency (VI)?

Vessel insufficiency (VI) is a condition where your vessels struggle to return blood from your limbs back to your heart. This causes blood to collect or pool in the vessels of your legs, and can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Age
  • Prolonged standing
  • Family history of varicose vessels
  • Pregnancy
  • Age over 50
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Any history of smoking

Vessel insufficiency symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Throbbing legs
  • Tired legs
  • Cramping
  • Varicose veins
  • Changes in skin color on the affected leg(s)
  • Leg ulcers (leg sores)

Vessel insufficiency is more common in women than it is in men, and is more likely to occur in individuals aged 50 years or older. Additionally, it is estimated that 40% of people in the U.S. suffer from chronic vessel insufficiency (CVI).


Treating Vessel Insufficiency (VI) with Endovenous Vessels Ablation (EVA)

All EVA treatments treat vessel insufficiency in the legs. However, there are a few specific vessels that require treatment more frequently than others.

One of the most popular targets for endovenous vessel ablation is the great saphenous vessel (GSV), which is located on the inside of the thigh and reaches from the groin all the way down to the ankle. The great saphenous vessels is usually associated with varicose veins, which are a form of vessel insufficiency (VI).

Other popular targets for vessel ablation include the small saphenous vessels (SSV), which lie in the back of the leg near the calf muscles, and accessory vessels, which are located throughout the legs.

Ready to find out if Vessels Ablation is right for you? Schedule a consultation at Wellness & Surgery today.




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How Does Vessel Ablation Work?

Endovenous vessel ablation works by viewing a vessel via ultrasound, and then directing microwave radiofrequencies to that vessel through a catheter (a thin tube) that has been inserted into the vessel via a small poke akin to an IV or epidural. Heat generated by the radiofrequency energy allows the blood to be recirculated through healthy vessels. Eventually, the damaged vessel shrinks—thereby eliminating the problem vessel and allowing blood flow to redirect towards healthier vessels.

This radiofrequency ablation procedure takes only 10 minutes to treat 2 vessels and completely eliminates problem vessels using just a relatively simple needle puncture covered by a bandage. When treating multiple vessels, several sessions may be required.

Alternative vessel ablation treatments consist of traditional surgical procedures that work by removing vessels via larger incisions. These treatment alternatives may require general anesthesia and often entail a painful recovery.


What Can I Expect After Vessel Ablation Treatment?

Compared to the weeks of recovery time associated with more traditional vessel removal procedures, radiofrequency ablation treatment requires no recovery time. You’ll have full mobility the very next day! Patients are able to return home the same day as treatment by walking right out the front door.

Here are a few other things to expect post-treatment:

  • You are encouraged to walk after the procedure, and you won’t have any trouble doing it! You’ll have full mobility mere hours after the procedure.
  • You will be instructed to wear a compression sock for a period of time during your recovery.
  • You may drive a car as soon as one day after your procedure.

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Who is A Candidate for Vessel Ablation?

Endovenous ablation is for those with vessel insufficiency or varicose vessels. It is meant to alleviate the following symptoms:

  • Aching/throbbing leg pain
  • Cramping
  • Leg heaviness
  • Tired legs
  • Restless legs
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Ulcers or skin irritation
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Phlebitis (painful inflammation of the vessels)

Think you might be a candidate for Vessel Ablation? Schedule a consultation now to find out!



Wellness & Surgery:
Your Destination for Vessel Health

Approximately 150,000 cases of vessel insufficiency are diagnosed each year. Chronic vessel insufficiency is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Early diagnosis is important as vessel insufficiency can result in various conditions such as varicose vessels. Undiagnosed vessel insufficiency can also result in serious consequences.

In addition to reviewing symptoms and conducting a physical examination, Dr. Arad of Wellness & Surgery can determine if you have vessel insufficiency using a fast and non-invasive diagnostic Wellness Ultrasound.

We can also help keep you free of vessel insufficiency and other vessel problems by providing lifestyle education and home care advice to help you avoid and manage problems, and quickly relieve any vessel conditions using state-of-the-art treatments, including vessel ablation.

It’s important to note that you do not have to see vessels in your legs in order to seek treatment. Vessel insufficiency is commonly based on symptoms and is often misdiagnosed. Our wellness ultrasound can help determine whether you have underlying vessel issues and can help guide your treatment options.

Tired of dealing with varicose vessels and vessel insufficiency? We’re here to help. Schedule your consultation at Wellness & Surgery today!