Vein ablation is a treatment to remove varicose veins. It uses heat to damage the vein so it collapses and gradually disappears. The heat is applied inside the affected vein with laser or radiofrequency energy. Vein ablation is a very effective treatment and not only gets rid of the veins, but also relieves the painful symptoms such as aching, itching, rashes and swelling. It is a safe, minimally-invasive treatment that rarely, if ever, leaves scars. Once your veins are gone, you will feel better about your appearance and will be able to improve your lifestyle.
Vein ablation may be used for cosmetic purposes, but the main benefit is to treat the symptoms that are related to varicose veins. While varicose veins may not be a major health hazard at first, they can become very serious if they are not treated. Some of the severe symptoms that are a sign that treatment is needed are:
- Throbbing pain
- Ulcers on the surface of the skin that do not heal easily
- Discoloration of the skin around the affected vein
- Heaviness in the legs
- Inflammation in the vein
When you meet our vein specialist, your veins will be examined and the best course of treatment recommended. We use ultrasound to guide a catheter inside the affected vein. The laser fiber or radiofrequency electrode is passed through the catheter and slowly pulled out to make sure the whole vein is cauterized.
Vein ablation is much less complicated than vein stripping and is more effective. The treated vein will disappear over time, but the symptoms will be relieved immediately. You may sleep better at night and have increased mobility if your veins are interfering with your normal activities.
When you visit Cardiac Associates of North Jersey and are examined by our vein specialist, you can learn more about the benefits of vein ablation. We are conveniently located in Oakland, NJ. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!