What are the symptoms?

When these valves do not function correctly, it can lead to symptoms that include:

  • Blood clots
  • Varicose veins
  • Faulty saphenous veins (the two chief superficial leg veins)
  • Swollen legs or ankles
  • Darker skin at the ankles
  • Leg ulcers that do not heal

What is venous ablation?

“Venous” refers to veins, and “ablation” means the surgical removal of body tissue. Venous ablation is performed to restore normal blood flow in the legs by closing off a damaged vein, which improves blood flow instantly. It may require several weeks for the symptoms to disappear completely, and more prominent varicose veins could take longer. The procedure involves inserting a small catheter into the diseased vein and treating it with laser or radiofrequency energy, which generates heat and causes the damaged vein to collapse. The blood then flows through healthier, working blood vessels.

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What is the treatment like to experience?

This procedure is reasonably easy to experience. You may feel some pressure as the catheter is inserted. The vein will be numbed with a series of injections up the leg, with a local anesthetic, typically the only slightly uncomfortable aspect of the procedure. The closure of the damaged vein occurs quickly, after which the catheter is removed. You may experience some bruising or minor skin discoloration, which fades over time.

This procedure has the following steps:

  • The area of skin covering the faulty vein is injected with a local anesthetic.
  • A small incision is placed.
  • The catheter is inserted into the vein.
  • The RF or laser energy is emitted through the catheter, closing the damaged vein.
  • The catheter is withdrawn and the incision bandaged.
  • A compression garment is placed over the treated leg to reduce swelling and bruising.

After venous ablation – what should I expect?

This procedure is far superior to older methods to treat varicose veins or other symptoms associated with poorly functioning veins. You may experience some minor discomfort, numbness, and bruising for one or two weeks following venous ablation. You should hold off on your usual exercise routine or any other vigorous physical activities like cycling for about two weeks.

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Why choose us for venous ablation?

At San Diego Cardiac Center, we have established a vein clinic that delivers an array of advanced vein procedures. Our specialists at San Diego Cardiac Center offer the highest level of expertise, covering the entire spectrum of vein conditions and diseases. We are very progressive and frequently adopt new therapies through our ongoing clinical research. Our team often offers new treatments before they come into general use in other clinics. You can expect state-of-the-art vein treatments at our clinic, with every procedure performed with personal care and compassion. If you struggle with varicose veins, you deserve treatment with the least invasive procedure, and our clinic offers treatment with the latest advances in technology for a more comfortable treatment and faster healing time.

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