Varicose veins may appear to be more of a cosmetic issue than anything else. Without treatment, however, you could develop serious circulatory conditions like chronic venous insufficiency and venous ulcers. If you have varicose veins, the Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee team offers radiofrequency and varicose vein ablations at its vascular lab in Jackson, Tennessee. The practice also has offices in Dyersburg, Lexington, Adamsville, and McKenzie. To benefit from minimally invasive varicose vein ablations, call Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee today or book an appointment online.
It’s common to think of varicose veins as simply a cosmetic issue. But if they’re left untreated, they can develop into chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a more serious form of vein disease.
CVI is a progressive disorder that can lead to increasingly serious symptoms over time. More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and CVI, yet only 1.9 million of them seek treatment each year, often because they don’t realise how serious their condition could become.
The cause of these vein disorders is a problem with the valves that control blood flow; they open to let blood through on its way back to your heart. If they stop working or weaken, blood can leak backward through the valves and gather in the veins, causing twisted, protruding varicose veins.
If you have CVI and varicose veins, you may experience symptoms in your legs such as:
Eventually, you might develop leg ulcers — open wounds or sores that are resistant to healing and have a severe impact on your mobility and quality of life.
If you have mild varicose vein symptoms, changes in your diet and lifestyle, raising your legs when possible, and wearing compression stockings can all help. However, some patients require treatments such as sclerotherapy to destroy the varicose veins.
For those with more serious symptoms, Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee offers varicose vein ablations.
Varicose vein ablation, also known as endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to seal and close off problem veins in your legs.
While you could have varicose vein ablations for cosmetic purposes, this treatment is most commonly used at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee to help relieve symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration, and inflammation.
To perform varicose vein ablations, your provider inserts a catheter (a slim, flexible tube) into a vein and feeds it through to the damaged area. They then use laser light energy or the VNUS Closure® system’s radiofrequency sound waves to collapse the diseased vein.
Following varicose vein ablation, the treated veins can no longer carry blood, which finds a new route through healthier veins. Over time, the treated veins break down and your body absorbs the remains.
Varicose vein ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars.
You can have varicose vein ablation at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee’s vascular lab in Jackson. If you have signs and symptoms of varicose veins, call or book an appointment online today.