Do you suffer from aching fatigue, swelling, ulcers, and non-healing wounds on your legs? Do you have prominent and painful varicose veins that are becoming bothersome? You may suffer from a condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Find out more below if you qualify for a venous ablation. Varicose veins and venous insufficiency are more than just pain.
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What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the veins in your legs do not work effectively, making it difficult for blood to return from the legs up to the heart. This causes blood to pool in these veins, which leads to venous stasis.
What Causes Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
The veins in your legs are used to return blood from the legs up to the heart. These veins contain one-way valves that help carry the blood upwards. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when these valves become weak and allow for blood to leak backwards toward the feet. Weakening of these valves can occur as a result of aging, prolonged sitting or standing, or reduced mobility.
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs (also called edema)
Leg fatigue, pain, and aching
Red or brown skin discoloration
Venous stasis ulcers and non-healing wounds
How Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?
Chronic venous insufficiency is diagnosed by a specialized type of ultrasound called a venous reflux study. A reflux study looks at the competency of the veins in your legs and the direction of blood going through them.
Treatment for ChronicVenous Insufficiency
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
This minimally invasive in-office procedure uses radiofrequency heat waves to close off the problematic veins. In this method, the vein is not actually removed but instead, closed off. Compared to vein stripping and ligation, this treatment results in less pain, minimal bleeding and bruising, and faster return to activities.
Venus ablation eliminates the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia and is generally performed using local anesthesia at our office. The procedures takes approximately 30-45 minutes and most patients typically spend two to three hours at the office due to normal pre- and post-treatment procedures.
Why Choose Radiofrequency Ablation?
Patients treated with radiofrequency ablation may resume normal activities more quickly than patients who undergo surgical vein stripping or laser ablation. With radiofrequency ablation, patients typically resume normal activities within a few days. With the ClosureFast Procedure, the average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days.
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms in as early as 1-2 weeks following the procedure. Most patients report limited to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following radiofrequency ablation.
Dr. Rami Akel is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist. A graduate of the University of Jordan School of Medicine, Dr. Akel completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University and his Fellowship in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Methodist DeBakey Vascular Institute and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Dr. Akel has experience in treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency for many years and performs multiple venous radiofrequency procedures every week. If you think you may have Chronic Venous Insufficiency and are interested in treatment, schedule an appointment with us today!