Varicose Vein Disease and Treatment
Approximately half of the population of the United States suffers from venous disease, and varicose vein disease is a common condition affecting the health of many residents of the Philadelphia area, including King of Prussia, PA, the Lehigh Valley, and Trenton, NJ.
Varicose vein disease is characterized by veins that have 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. Proper varicose vein treatment can help alleviate that pain and significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.
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 vein disease 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 to prescribe the right varicose vein treatment.
You can trust the team of doctors at the PA Vascular Institute to guide you through the entire process with clear communication and expert care. We want to make sure you understand every step of your varicose vein treatment program, and that you’re always comfortable on your road to better health.
What is involved in a typical varicose vein treatment program?
Often, an ultrasound will be conducted to check the flow of blood in your body. At the 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 stockings 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.
Doctors at the PA Vascular Institute are always available to answer questions during the aftercare process and to follow up with patients as they recover. Varicose vein disease can adversely affect patients both physically and mentally, and our goal at the PA Vascular Institute is not only to take away the pain associated with varicose vein disease but to get you feeling better about yourself and more confident when you look in the mirror.
If you live in King of Prussia, PA, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Trenton, NJ, or the surrounding area and feel that you are a candidate for our varicose vein treatment, contact the PA Vascular Institute and schedule a consultation.