Radiofrequency Occlusion in New York, New York (NY)

About one third of the adult population is affected by varicose veins. These swollen, often painful veins in the legs are due primarily to incompetence of the valves in the femoral and great saphenous veins. The results are swollen vessels that are both painful and unsightly. Previously, vein stripping, or surgically removing these large veins under general anesthesia through small incisions, was the preferred treatment. Now, newer techniques like radiofrequency occlusion allow for minimally invasive treatment in an outpatient or office setting with only local anesthesia and intravenous sedation.

Radiofrequency occlusion can easily be performed in an office setting with one small puncture site. Following injection of a local anesthetic at the site of insertion, a catheter or small tube is threaded through the great saphenous vein using sonographic guidance. Local anesthetic is injected along the vein while the patient is also given IV sedation to make the procedure more comfortable. The catheter is withdrawn down the great saphenous vein as the radiofrequency occlusion is performed using sound waves to heat the vein to 185 degrees. The heating process collapses the vein forming scar tissue which will later be absorbed by the body as healing takes place.

Following the radiofrequency occlusion procedure, the leg is wrapped in a tight compression bandage and compression hose are worn for two to three weeks while healing occurs. After a short recovery time due to the mild sedation, the patient is able to return home. Most patients are able to walk and resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. Minor side effects such as numbness and skin discoloration can occur or the procedure may not fully occlude the vein. Studies have shown this procedure is comparable to vein stripping with less pain, no incisions, and faster return to normal function while effectively relieving the symptoms of varicose veins.

About NYU Vein Center

Dr. Mark Adelman and this New York City varicose veins center provides patients with the latest treatments so that they can overcome painful and embarrassing venous conditions. Varicose veins and spider veins may hamper a person's personal, professional or social life. This New York City varicose veins facility helps patients find relief so that they may get back on the road to recovery, health and happiness.

This New York City varicose veins treatment facility helps patients using the latest treatments. This ensures patients receive safe, efficient treatments so that they walk away feeling their best. Some of the treatments used include compression stockings, ELVeS, endovenous laser ablation and laser and light therapy. Other treatments are also available to help patients. Sclerotherapy and radiofrequency occlusion are also used to help patients. Patients may speak with a professional prior to treatment to ensure they fully understand their options.

NYU Vein Center
Toll Free: 866-579-3257
Mark Adelman. MD
Neal Cayne, MD
Glenn Jacobowitz, MD
Lowell Kabnick, MD
Patrick Lamparello, MD
Thomas Maldonado, MD
Caron Rockman, MD

530 First Avenue
Suite 6D
New York, NY 10016

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