Aug 18, 2021 | From the Desk of Dr. Eston Wenger of Premier Surgical Cleveland
What is Endovenous Ablation?
Everyone wants to feel great about the appearance of their legs, but varicose veins can leave us feeling embarrassed and wanting to hide. Wearing jeans in the heat and a cover-up around the pool isn’t anyone’s idea of the ideal summer. But treatment is available! If you find yourself regularly hiding your legs because of your varicose veins, maybe now is the time to do something about it.
While varicose veins can be unsightly, they aren’t just an aesthetic issue. When valves weaken in leg veins, blood begins to pool and the veins become larger and more visible on the surface of the skin, often bulging due to pressure. All of that pressure can leave your legs feeling heavy and achy; it can also cause swelling in the legs, pain, skin changes, and even ulcers. No one wants to deal with these issues, especially not long term. But what should you do?
Before we delve into discussing treatment options, the first thing to know is that treatment for varicose veins is highly individualistic. The best treatment for your personal vein health can only be determined by your doctor. Once you have decided to pursue treatment, Dr. Eston Wenger of Premier Surgical in Cleveland, TN, can walk you through the treatment best suited for you to get optimal results to improve the look and feel of your legs.
Endovenous Ablation, Endovenous laser treatment, & Sclerotherapy are all options for the treatment of varicose and/or spider veins. Today, let’s discuss Endovenous Ablation and when it is used.
In the past, varicose veins were removed through a process known as vein stripping where the damaged vein was completely removed, but Endovenous Ablation is a much less invasive procedure. Endovenous Ablation has fewer complications than vein stripping, is more effective and patients are generally able to return to work and normal activities right away with very little to no pain.
So how does it work? During Endovenous Ablation, a long, thin, plastic tube called a catheter is inserted into the vein; radiofrequencies are then used to heat the walls of the vein causing it to shrink and seal closed. The unhealthy vein isn’t removed; instead, it is sealed off and left in place. The cauterized vein will eventually be reabsorbed into the body and the blood that once flowed through it will redirect to flow through other veins. No more pooling blood building pressure means no more varicose veins!
To find out if Endovenous Ablation, or one of the other treatments mentioned, is right for you, be sure to make an appointment with Vein Specialist Dr. Eston Wenger of Premier Surgical Associates in Cleveland, TN. Call (423) 472-5423 or CLICK HERE to request and appointment online!
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