Varicose Vein Disease
Around half of the population of the United States has venous disease, and it is one of the most common conditions affecting the health of many Americans. Varicose veins disease is when veins become gnarled and enlarged. For most, varicose veins are an aesthetic concern. But for others, veins that become varicose can cause aching pain and extreme discomfort.
Veins have one-way valves that work to prevent blood from flowing backward. When the valves do not do their job properly, blood starts to collect in the veins and does not make its way to the heart. There are several causes of varicose veins that include:
- Standing for an extended amount of time
- Family history
- Old age
If you feel that you may be suffering from varicose vein disease, it is important to have your doctor give a proper diagnosis. Often, an ultrasound will be conducted to check the flow of blood in your body. At PA Vascular Institute, we offer a minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation procedure that uses a catheter to collapse and shut enlarged varicose veins.
Patients who undergo our treatment process for varicose vein disease are given local anesthesia to eliminate the slight discomfort that is experienced during the procedure. With ultrasound imaging, the affected veins are located and mapped out, and a narrow catheter is put in place. The catheter heats the vein with 20-second treatment cycles, which in turn, shrinks the varicose vein.
It is an outpatient procedure, and patients are able to return home immediately after it is completed. After the procedure, patients are prescribed compression stocking and encouraged to walk around to promote healthy blood flow. Results can be seen within a few weeks, and symptoms begin to dissipate within a few days following the procedure.
If you feel that you are a candidate for our varicose vein treatment, contact PA Vascular Institute and schedule a consultation.