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Effective Vein Treatment at VeinGuard Heart & Vascular Center

Varicose veins or spider veins can cause undue suffering and pain to those afflicted by the condition. An unsightly or painful lesion does not have to detract from your quality of life. Effective vein treatments are available. While traditional surgical procedures have been the choice of treatment, today, you can choose non-invasive procedures. These are safer than surgery and just as effective in addressing vascular and cardiac blockages.

One such process is endovenous radiofrequency ablation. At VeinGuard Heart & Vascular Center, Dr. Fareeha Khan and her team of highly-experienced medical providers specialize in laser vein treatment.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Across the country, 30% of the adult population suffers from some type of venous condition, in particular, venous insufficiency. This is a condition where the blood vessels in the body are blocked by plaque or blood clots and do not function the way they’re supposed to. Varicose veins and spider veins are often caused due to venous insufficiency.

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a laser vein removal method designed to non-surgically cure venous insufficiency and a variety of other venous conditions. The procedure uses a laser which emits high frequency radio waves to close-off damaged and diseased veins.

Say Goodbye To Unwanted Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can ruin the appearance of your skin. Often, this venous condition results in discoloration of the skin. This may make your skin look patchy and unhealthy. The gnarled and twisted varicose veins on the legs can become an aesthetic challenge.

Immediate treatment can help you regain your youthful beauty. This is where endovenous radiofrequency ablation can help. It can get rid of the varicose veins and leave behind healthy skin, but in addition to the cosmetic benefits, endovenous radiofrequency ablation also offers numerous health-related merits.

Can Varicose Veins Lead to More Serious Health Issues?

While varicose veins usually don’t pose a health hazard, in serious cases, they may cause a medical condition. If these varicose veins are severe or are located deep in the body, they can develop blood clots, which cause a dangerous ailment called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Research shows that people with varicose veins are 5 times more likely to develop DVT. If this blood clot gets dislodged and moves out of place, it can lead to something called pulmonary embolism (PE), which is often fatal. In PE, the clot blocks the veins of the lungs and stops circulation. This is why it’s imperative that you seek treatment for varicose veins as soon as possible to ensure you don’t put yourself at medical risk.

VENCLOSE for Varicose Vein Treatment

VENCLOSE is a state-of-the-art endovenous RF ablation device meant for chronic venous insufficiency. Using VENCLOSE, Dr. Fareeha Khan and her team can completely eliminate the varicose veins in your body.

The VENCLOSE device consists of a touchscreen monitor with a catheter connection port and two heating lengths of 10 cms and 2.5 cms. The catheter with the heating length is inserted into your body and the monitor displays real-time patient stats, helping the doctor customize your treatment on-the-go.

What Areas can be Treated?

The VENCLOSE procedure is an outpatient treatment and can be performed in the doctor’s office. You are asked to take off all your jewelry and accessories in advance. Usually, endovenous RF ablation for varicose veins will be done on the leg, as the great saphenous vein is the most common site for varicose veins. If your varicose veins lie on another part of the body, the technique will be administered there.

How Does the VENCLOSE Procedure Work?

The doctor will start by cleaning the area on your leg with a solution to get rid of any germs. Next, localized anesthesia will be injected to the area to numb the veins in your legs. This will ensure you don’t feel any pain when the catheter and coil are inserted into your vein.

Next, the doctor makes a small incision on the numbed area. A tiny needle is used to pierce the vein being treated, and a guidewire is inserted into this vein. The catheter with the heating coil is mounted on the guidewire and moved to the targeted spot within the vein. The monitor provides real-time insights about the location of the heating coil.

The VENCLOSE heating coil is curved and has a small 6-inch profile, which makes it very flexible. The doctor can navigate in very narrow or malformed veins with ease, without causing pain to the patient.

Once the heating coil and catheter are in place, the doctor activates the radiofrequency ablation. The heating coil delivers a temperature of 120°C, which shrinks the varicose vein and closes it up. This radiofrequency heating is provided in bursts of 20 seconds and once the vein shrinks, the coil is moved towards the next section of the vein.

The long 10 cm coil allows the doctor to address the large sections of the great saphenous vein very quickly, ensuring your operation is completed within the hour. The shorter 2.5 cm coil targets the ends of the great saphenous vein, shorter branch veins, and tributaries. The VENCLOSE endovenous RF ablation device thus makes the entire process faster, safer, more customized, and increasingly effective.

Once the RF ablation is complete, the doctor will slowly and gently remove the coil and catheter from your vein. The incision is closed-up and your leg is bandaged. Compression socks may be provided or recommended, in order to speed the healing process.

After treatment, the shrunk vein will stop receiving any blood and the body will redirect circulation to healthy veins. Over a period of a few days, you will notice that your varicose veins appear smaller, until they finally disappear.

Who is Eligible for VENCLOSE RF Ablation?

Absolutely anyone with chronic venous insufficiency can undergo the VENCLOSE endovenous RF ablation. However, it is recommended that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers avoid this procedure and do it after weaning.

If you have a medical condition, or you’re currently taking blood thinners, it’s best to consult Dr. Fareeha Khan and her team before scheduling your session.

Recovering from Endovenous RF Ablation

Since the VENCLOSE endovenous RF ablation we provide at our Fairfax vein center is non-invasive, there’s minimal downtime. You can get back on your feet immediately. However, it is advised that you avoid strenuous physical activity for one to two weeks. It’s best to ask someone to pick you up from our clinic after the operation.

Compression stockings help reduce the varicose vein swelling quickly and promote healthy blood flow. Minor swelling is common for a day or two after the procedure. Icing the area can help.

Insurance for Endovenous RF Ablation

Most insurance providers cover the costs of vascular treatments. At the VeinGuard Heart & Vascular Center, we accept insurance for endovenous RF ablation.

Our laser vein treatment is extremely safe and offers immense aesthetic and health benefits. Please feel free to reach out to us to schedule a consultation.

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