Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins usually found in the legs. Most of the time they are a cosmetic issue, but for some they can become painful. We can help.
Dr. Lee Yates and Dr. Kristy Wiebke use the minimally-invasive procedure called radio frequency ablation to essentially shut off the great saphenous vein that feeds many of the veins at the surface of your legs.
Varicose veins appear as bluish lines up and down the legs just below the skin. They can get inflamed and be tender. The condition hinders circulation resulting in swelling of the ankles and itchy skin.
Veins are built with valves to ensure the blood moves back up to the heart.
When these valves fail, the blood pools in the vein causing the vein to enlarge and become twisted.
But we can help.
The surgeons at St. Joseph's/Candler Vascular Surgery use a minimally-invasive procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation to treat varicose veins. It is done in the office, usually produces no pain and the patient is back to their lives the next day.
After a local anesthetic, a needle catheter is inserted into the Great Saphenous vein, which runs the length of the leg with many branches that are often visible when they become varicose. Radio frequency energy is then applied to heat up and damage the vein, creating scar tissue and essentially shutting the vein off and shrinking the visible varicose veins.