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Am I a Candidate for Endovenous Vein Ablation?

By Dr. Jose Almeida

November 9, 2015

Endovenous vein ablation

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Endovenous vein ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiently such as varicose veins. The treatment uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal the vein so blood no longer flows through it. The blood is diverted to healthier veins that have stronger walls and functioning valves. Our trained technicians will examine your full medical history and take an ultrasound of the vein to determine if you are a candidate for endovenous vein ablation.

Varicose veins develop when the tiny valves inside the veins that help push the blood to the heart become weak. When the blood no longer moves easily to the heart, it causes the vein to twist and bulge. Endovenous vein ablation is a very low-risk treatment and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for chronic venous insufficiency.

After a local anesthetic is administered, a tiny incision is made in the vein. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein until it reaches the area that needs to be sealed. At that point, the radiofrequency energy is sent to the heating element inside the catheter to heat segments in the vein that will then collapse until the vein is completely closed. The catheter is then withdrawn.

To request a consultation click here or call 305-854-1555.

Endovenous vein ablation produces minimal scaring and side effects and is relatively painless. A local anesthetic may be given, but you can return to work if necessary and resume light activity such as walking. Aerobics, biking, and weight lifting may be resumed after several days. You’ll be asked to wear a compression stocking for about a week or longer after the procedure, and we’ll schedule a follow-up examination to make sure the vein is sealed.

Varicose veins are obvious on many people because they are large, twisted veins just under the skin usually on the legs. However, you may be developing varicose veins and not realize it.

Some early symptoms are:

• Slight swelling in the feet and ankles
• Throbbing and aching legs
• Itching in the ankle and lower leg
• Cramping in the lower leg

Varicose veins can develop in both men and women, but are more common in women. They may develop as you get older and your veins lose elasticity. As the blood pools, your veins enlarge. They look blue because the blood is on its way to the heart and has not yet been deoxygenated in the lungs.

Another common cause is pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, the volume of blood in her body increases, but the flow of blood from the legs to the pelvis decreases. It may become worse when the uterus expands and puts more pressure on the veins in her legs. Other causes are prolonged standing, weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.

In the past, the main treatment for varicose veins was surgery. Today, you can have excellent results with the minimally invasive treatment of endovenous vein ablation. Contact Miami Vein Center today to schedule a consultation to talk to our board certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Jose Almeida. We will be happy to examine your condition and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

To request a consultation click here or call 305-854-1555.

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Dr. Jose Almeida

About the author

Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in Miami, FL. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.

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