When you have conditions like venous reflux or varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation is an advanced treatment that can restore health to your legs without the need for surgery. If you experience symptoms of vein disease in your legs, board-certified vascular surgeon Jeffrey Hager, DO, FACOS, at Hager Advanced Vein Care, can help. At their locations in Manahawkin and Toms River, New Jersey, Dr. Hager and his team offer expert radiofrequency ablation therapy using the ClosureFast™ procedure. Call Hager Advanced Vein Care today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure Dr. Hager uses to treat problem veins.
Ablation is a technique that's used widely in many medical procedures. There are different types, including radiofrequency and laser. They all work in the same way, producing energy that heats the targeted tissues to cause a specific degree of damage.
In the case of varicose veins, Dr. Hager uses the ClosureFast radiofrequency ablation system to treat the affected veins. Closing off the diseased vein results in blood finding a different route around, using healthier veins. In time, the treated vein breaks down and vanishes.
Radiofrequency ablation is a highly effective method of dealing with varicose veins that develop when you have venous reflux (chronic venous insufficiency).
Venous reflux happens when the valves that keep blood flowing back to your heart stop working properly. Blood then starts to trickle back in the wrong direction, forming pools that show through your skin as twisted blue, red, or purple varicose veins.
Initially, varicose veins are more of a cosmetic concern, but as they worsen, they can make your legs feel itchy, tender, and painful. Severe varicose veins are a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — a blood clot in a deep leg vein — and leg ulcers.
Radiofrequency ablation eliminates the problem veins, restoring good circulatory health to your legs.
Dr. Hager performs radiofrequency ablation procedures in-office for your convenience. You have an injection of local anesthetic at the treatment site, then when you're ready, he inserts a thin tube (catheter) into your vein.
Dr. Hager uses imaging technology to guide the catheter's placement. Once it's in position, he directs the radiofrequency energy into the affected section of the vein. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes and requires minimal downtime afterward.
After your treatment, you need to wear compression stockings for a week to optimize your results. You also need to attend a follow-up appointment for a duplex ultrasound to make sure the treated vein is completely closed.
To find out more about radiofrequency ablation and get the best treatment for your varicose veins, call Hager Advanced Vein Care today or book an appointment online.