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 The catheter is withdrawn down the great saphenous vein as the radiofrequency occlusion is performed using sound waves to heat the vein to 185 degrees.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 Advanced Vein Center
Patients at this Cranberry Township vein clinic have found success through the treatments offered at this facility. Varicose veins and spider veins may be very troublesome and uncomfortable for some patients, leading many to seek treatment at this facility. Varicose veins may cause the legs to feel heavy and are often very uncomfortable for patients. They are also very aesthetically unappealing and may cause embarrassment for some patients. Spider veins do not cause pain like varicose veins, but may be of an aesthetic concern for those suffering from this condition.
Patients should discuss the treatment options available at this facility with a medical professional on staff at this Cranberry Township vein clinic. Patients seeking vein treatments such as ambulatory phlebectomy and sclerotherapy have found success through this facility. For a complete list of available treatments, patients should speak with a member of the medical staff at this Cranberry Township vein clinic. They should discuss their condition and which treatments may provide the best results.