For nearly a century, vein ligation and stripping was used to treat varicose veins. This is an invasive procedure, done in a hospital setting with many large incisions, which leads to:
• Hospital stay
• Extended recovery time
• Increased risk of infection
• Increased risk of recurrent varicose veins
Today, minimally invasive vein treatments are used by most physicians. We use both radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and VenaSeal at INOVIA® Vein Specialty Center. These are catheter based procedures using heat or adhesive, respectively, to seal the veins closed. Benefits of these procedures include:
• Outpatient setting
• Minimal recovery time
• Minimal scarring
• Lower recurrence rates of varicose veins
Here are varicose veins on the back of the calf.
Here is a graphic of how radiofrequency ablation works. The large blue part of the image is the vein, the catheter is inserted, and closes the vein as it’s retracted.
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