Radiofrequency Ablation of Veins

Venous insufficiency is a vein disease characterized by enlarged and swollen veins that have resulted from failing valves. In other words, instead of the blood in the affected vein traveling to and from the heart as it is meant to do, it pools and causes the veins to swell. Historically, doctors could repair this condition only with painful surgery. However, advances in technology have given us much better treatment options. Certainly, they are now minimally invasive, less painful, and let the patient return to normal activities sooner. For instance, radio frequency vein ablation treatments are one such method.

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Performing the Procedure

Once you’ve been examined and diagnosed with venous insufficiency, we will discuss your treatment options. Furthermore, we may decide that radiofrequency ablation treatment is the course of treatment that works best for you. To clarify, radiofrequency venous ablation is a safe way of removing diseased veins with little pain. That is to say,  we apply a local anesthetic to the area and inject a tiny probe into the region. This injection is barely the size of a pencil tip. In short, once the probe reaches the damaged vein, an energy current is directed to the spot and closes up the vein. Over time, the sealed vein will absorb into your body with no ill side effects. Furthermore, blood will naturally re-route itself to other healthier veins.

On the other hand, smaller veins may need follow up treatments of sclerotherapy. However, in the case of severe insufficiency, we might advise multiple radio frequency vein ablation treatments.

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How Safe is Radiofrequency Vein Ablation?

Most importantly, complications rarely happen because we use local anesthetic instead of a general one, and there is no incision. In other words, the injection site will have an opening of about the size of a freckle. Furthermore, radiofrequency vein ablation is one of the safest procedures performed today. For example, once we’re done with the procedure, patients will be able to almost immediately get back to their normal life. In fact, the patient can walk out of the office immediately after treatment. To clarify, complications and side effects are minimal it’s done in an office as an outpatient procedure.

Does Insurance Coverage Radiofrequency Ablation of the Veins?

Vein diseases can be a huge risk for severe underlying medical conditions. Therefore, insurance carriers will cover most vein disease treatments. However, spider veins are usually an exception. In other words, the treatment of spider veins is seen as a cosmetic procedure. As a result, very few insurance carriers will cover the treatment.

The St. Louis Laser Vein Center

Schedule your consultation with the St. Louis Laser Vein Center today. Above all, we’ll work together to create a treatment plan that is designed especially for you. Furthermore, Dr. Wright received four Patient Choice Awards for a reason. Most importantly, he cares about his patients. In other words, he ensures that a visit to his office is successful and as pleasant as it can be!