Varicose veins are a chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) characterized by swollen, twisted veins, usually occurring in the legs and are caused by increased high blood pressure that weakens or damages the vein walls. It is a common condition associated with old age, pregnancy, and obesity.
At our office, we evaluate the presence of varicose veins through your clinical history and a physical exam, as part of a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation.
If you are diagnosed with CVI, the first line of treatment is non-invasive. Exercise, weight loss, leg elevation, and wearing compression stockings, can all improve symptoms without the need for a medical procedure.
If symptoms persist, we recommend radiofrequency ablations, a simple procedure that takes 10 minutes or less, and can have you walking out of the office just as you came in.
During this short procedure, a catheter is inserted, under local anesthesia, in the affected vein where heat is delivered to close the vein and treat the problem permanently.
After the treatment, the patient is instructed to use compression stockings for 6-12 weeks after the procedure.