If you suffer from varicose veins, Vinay Sanghi, MD, of Heart and Vascular Associates, LLC, can help. Vein ablations are among the most commonly performed procedures at the practice, helping many residents of Sierra Vista, Arizona, find lasting relief from damaged veins. If you’re ready to learn more, call or click to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience.
Begin by considering the role veins play in your circulatory system. Your heart pumps oxygenated blood into your arteries. Veins work to transport deoxygenated blood back to your heart.
Veins are one-way vessels that move blood “upstream” through a multitude of tiny muscle contractions. A series of valves throughout each vein prevents blood from flowing backward. Varicose veins develop when these tiny valves malfunction, allowing blood to pool and creating darkening and bulging that makes veins appear through the surface of your skin.
Varicose veins are primarily an aesthetic issue, and create visibly bulging, twisted veins that can appear red, blue, or purple in color. For some, varicose veins can cause painful ulcers, blood clots, and bleeding.
Vein ablation works by using energy to seal off damaged sections of vein. A minimally invasive procedure, vein ablation cauterizes the targeted vein, effectively closing it off.
Your body then processes and eliminates the damaged vein tissue as well as the pooled blood through your lymphatic system, just like any other cellular debris. There is no need to worry about impeding your blood flow; your circulatory system simply routes your blood through healthier veins.
Vein ablation is an endovenous treatment, meaning it occurs in your veins' interior surface area. It’s important to let your practitioner know if you are taking any medications or are under treatment for any health condition prior to having endovenous vein ablation.
When you arrive, your practitioner administers a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. You might also receive sedative medication to help you relax during your visit.
Ultrasound technology locates damaged sections of your vein. A small incision in your leg allows your practitioner to guide a thin catheter into the vein. Next, laser or radiofrequency energy generates heat, damaging the targeted tissue and permanently closing the vein.
A bandage is usually all that’s needed after withdrawing the catheter. You may need to wear compression socks or stockings to help heal, and your practitioner might also recommend elevating the leg for some time. You can return to regular routines within a few days, and your veins will fade slowly.
If you’d like to book endovenous vein ablation, contact the office by phone to schedule a visit or use the online booking tool to find a time that meets your needs.