Everyone knows that veins are the purplish structures that run just under the skin and…
The difference between us and some other cosmetic vein treatment centers is that our staff are board-certified vascular surgeons. This means that we will examine the root cause of your varicose veins to ensure there are no serious circulatory issues going on while we simultaneously develop a plan to eliminate your varicose veins and improve the overall look and feel of your legs.
Varicose veins are one of the most common conditions we see at our clinics. They affect more than 35% of adultsin the United States, and most frequently occur in women. These bulging, discolored, knotted veins appearing under the skin can cause painful swelling and cramps in the legs if left untreated.
“There are a variety of treatment options we offer for varicose vein removal, depending on how mild or severe they are,” says board-certified surgeon and varicose vein specialist Dr. Ryan Turley. “One effective option is through a procedure called endovenous ablation which gently burns the varicose vein to dissolve it and rid you of the painful symptoms.”
What is endovenous ablation?
Endovenous ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. It is performed conveniently in our offices with local anesthetic. Our vein specialists thread a small catheter through the skin directed at the troublesome veins followed by a thin fiber emitting heat to the vein wall causing it to shrink and eventually dissolve.
Typically, a medical-grade glue, such as VenaSeal, is also used during the procedure to aid in sealing and closing off the vein. Blood flow is then rerouted to healthier veins.
Benefits of endovenous ablation include:
- Minimal discomfort
- No scarring as there are no major incisions, only miniscule puncture sites
- Reduced recovery times over traditional surgeries like vein ligation or stripping
Who is a good candidate for endovenous ablation?
Endovenous ablation is best suited for those who have very enlarged varicose veins with severe symptoms such as swelling, inflammation, heaviness in the legs, and cramping.
Recovery After Endovenous Ablation
Recovery after endovenous ablation is ordinarily very easy and comfortable for most patients.
Following your procedure, you can head home right away. You can often return to work within a day or two, depending on how much sitting, standing or physical activity your job requires.
Our expert staff will guide you on how to care for your legs in the days afterwards, along with giving any directions on wearing compression stockings if needed.
Walking is also recommended following endovenous ablation to help with healing and circulation.
Dr. Turley says that “patients are often very pleased with the relief they experience after endovenous ablation in addition to loving the improved appearance of their legs.”
To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists, please visit us here. In Austin, please call 512.452.VEIN (8346), or for Georgetown, contact us at 512.501.4287.