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Are You a Candidate for Endovenous Ablation?

Varicose veins affect as many as 35% of people in the United States, regardless of their size or shape, though they tend to strike women more than men. If your legs have developed these bulging, often uncomfortable veins, the good news is that there is a solution — in fact, several are available. 

At VeinMedic, as our name implies, board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Michael Kassouf and our team routinely help our New York City-area patients with problematic veins, including spider veins and varicose veins. When it comes to the latter, we offer several treatments, including endovenous ablation. Here’s a look at when this protocol provides the best solution.

Behind varicose veins

As we mentioned, varicose veins are extremely common, affecting more than a third of the US population. For the most part, varicose veins don’t pose any serious medical problems, but they can lead to issues with discomfort and aesthetics.

Varicose veins typically form as a result of venous insufficiency. Under normal circumstances, the veins in your body return blood to your heart, picking up oxygen and nutrients along the way for recirculation. The veins in your legs face a tougher task, as they have to fight both distance and gravity, which is why they’re equipped with tiny valves that shut off as the blood flows through, preventing it from spilling backward.

Should these valves malfunction or weaken, blood can pool, which engorges your vein, causing it to rise toward the surface of your skin.

For most people, varicose veins aren’t uncomfortable, but they can be unsightly. For others, however, these veins can lead to:

The good news is that we offer several treatment options for problematic varicose veins, including endovenous ablation.

When endovenous ablation is the right vein treatment for you

When you come in, we thoroughly assess your varicose veins to develop an appropriate treatment plan. If your varicose veins are located in your inner thigh and involve your saphenous vein, we typically turn to endovenous ablation.

Outside of varicose veins, we sometimes turn to endovenous ablation for large, bulging veins in your hands, restoring a more youthful appearance to them.

This technique is an image-guided, minimally invasive treatment that we perform on an outpatient basis in our offices. Using radiofrequency or laser energy, we heat your varicose vein to the right therapeutic temperature to cause it to collapse. Rest assured, your blood reroutes itself to healthier veins located deeper in your tissue.

We typically perform an endovenous ablation in under an hour, and you’re free to return home afterward. You should expect to wear compression stockings for at least a week after your endovenous ablation to ensure good circulation in your legs.

If you’d like to learn more about endovenous ablation, we invite you to contact one of our New York locations in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge, Manhattan's Washington Heights, Elmhurst in Queens, or Mount Hope in the Bronx to set up an appointment.

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