Best Varicose Vein Treatments
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation:
This is arguably the gold-standard of modern vein procedures. It is one of the best Varicose Vein Treatments and is performed only under local as opposed to general anesthesia. Put simply, this means that the patient doesn’t have to be “put under.” This greatly increases patient safety. True downtime is non-existent, and recovery time is minimal.
The central part of RF ablation revolves around a specialized catheter. It is introduced into the vein being treated through a small access incision. In practice, this is usually the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) or Small Saphenous Vein (SSV).
The tipoff the catheter contains a heat-generating element powered by Radiofrequency (RF) waves. This allows precise temperature control. The catheter is quickly heated as it is withdrawn from the vein, causing it to collapse. It is then re-absorbed into the body as if it were never there.
A competing technique sometimes used in place of RF ablation. In this case, the tip of the catheter uses laser energy to produce the necessary heat. Many practitioners prefer RF ablation, regarding it as as safer. This is because the high-energy laser light can produce extremely high spikes in temperature, producing unwanted tissue damage.
This term is best understood by breaking down the root words. “Ambulatory” essentially means “outpatient.” In other words, the patient walks into the clinic and walks out immediately afterwards under their own power. “Micro” means “small scale,” referring to the procedure’s minimally-invasive nature. “Phleb” refers to vein, while “ectomy” is the surgical term for removal.
Thus, a Microphlebectomy is exactly what you might expect. First, small access incisions are made above the vein being removed. Purpose-made surgical tools are then used to extract the problem vein. Minor, temporary bruising over the treated area is typically the only negative effect.
At the Advanced Vein Center, we help choose the correct procedure for your specific problem based on a personal vein map made by Doppler Ultrasound.
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