Varicose Veins are dilated, ropy-like blue vessels visible under the skin, often 1/4 inch or larger in diameter. This condition is usually caused by superficial venous reflux.
Superficial venous reflux is a condition that develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased. This causes blood to pool in your legs.
Since valves can’t be repaired, the only alternative is to re-route blood flow through healthy veins. Traditionally, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping) the
troublesome vein from your leg.
Many people think
varicose veins are simply a
fact is there’s often an underlying
The ablation procedure provides a less invasive alternative to vein stripping by simply closing the problem vein instead. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty blood from your legs.
Common symptoms of superficial venous reflux include pain, swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue, as well as varicose veins in your legs. In addition, varicose veins can develop phlebitis (inflammation) and thrombosis (clots) and in advanced cases there can be skin color changes and possibly skin ulcerations (sores)
Most patients with varicose veins can be treated with one or two outpatient procedures performed either in the office under local anesthetic, or in an outpatient setting receiving some sedation. Though recovery time varies, most patients are active within a few days and back to normal routines in a few weeks or less.
You may be relieved to know that varicose veins and heavy, painful legs can now be
treated in the doctors office with the Angiodynamics VenaCure EVLT™
procedure and is covered by most insurance providers.