If you have varicose veins, you know how painful and unattractive they can be. You might think there is nothing you can do to get rid of them besides a painful stripping surgery that requires an extensive recovery period. However, there are a number of far less intrusive procedures these days to rid you of those pesky veins. One of the most popular treatments is non-chemical thermal ablation. Don’t suffer in silence with throbbing, pinching leg pain any longer.
About Non-Chemical Thermal Ablation
This procedure is a vascular treatment that utilizes controlled heat, or thermal energy, in order to seal veins in a safe and permanent manner. This type of vein therapy has been clinically tested and proven to be both effective and safe, with a response that is generally higher than other methods, such as sclerotherapy.
An added benefit of the therapy is in the name. There are no chemicals used in performing this type of venous ablation. Rather, the thermal energy used in the procedure efficiently closes off the varicose vein, improving blood flow and alleviating the swollen appearance from your skin.
Candidates for Non-Chemical Thermal Ablation
Non-chemical thermal ablation is a procedure that most patients can tolerate well. You should be in good general health and can discuss your medical history with our practitioner at your consultation. This therapy is best for those who are dealing with several symptoms of varicose veins.
Usually, these symptoms are noticed most often in the legs, as blood tends to pool in the lower extremities when circulation is obstructed. Those seeking this treatment may be experiencing:
- Skin irritation
If you’re dealing with a combination of these symptoms in your legs, you’re likely a good candidate for non-chemical thermal ablation.
How It Works
Controlled heating of the vessels in the affected vein is performed through either radiofrequency or laser energy. This controlled heating method cauterizes the vessel, closing it off. Blood is then redirected to the surrounding veins, and the treated veins are evacuated from the body through natural means.
During the procedure, the heat energy is delivered to the affected vein through a special catheter. You should feel only slight pressure with the insertion of the catheter. The amount of time required for treatment depends on the number of veins that are affected, but it is ordinarily quite quick and convenient. There is no expected recovery time, and you can return to normal activities right away. Yet another benefit is that there are no anticipated side effects.
Get All the Facts
Non-chemical thermal ablation is one of the most convenient, effective and safe methods for treating problem varicose veins. To learn more about this procedure, set up a consultation at The Vein Center at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida. Our state-of-the-art facility is located in Parker Commons Office Park in Fort Myers. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.