Are varicose veins holding you back?
- Do you have large, bulging veins?
- Do you have leg pain, aching, or cramping?
- Do you have leg or ankle swelling, especially at the end of the day?
Getting started with varicose vein treatment is easy. Simply contact your doctor or Baylor Scott & White Tuscan Cardiovascular and Vein Center for an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this type of treatment. We offer the treatment in Las Colinas, Granbury, and Stephenville. Don’t let the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins hold you back.
Using ultrasound, a catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and is sealed closed.
Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the incision site and additional compression is provided to aid healing. Patients who undergo this procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
Historically, the only treatment for large varicose veins has been to surgically remove or ‘strip’ the vein from the body. Surgical stripping is done in an operating room under anesthesia requiring a considerable recovery period for the patient.
More recently, a modified version of stripping known as ambulatory phlebectomy has grown in use. In this version of surgical stripping, multiple incisions are made to hook and remove the vein one portion at a time. The small size of the skin incision or puncture usually results in little or no scarring.
More incisions are made than in standard vein stripping, but the damage to the leg and post-surgery recovery time are minimized.