Varicose Veins, Reticular Veins and Spider Veins Specialists
Why Should You Get Your Varicose Veins Treated?
Kallal Medical Group is your Keller and Dallas/Fort Worth area Varicose Veins, Reticular Veins and Spider Veins Specialists. Varicose veins are a result of venous reflux disease and are treated with radiofrequency ablation. The procedure is offered as an in-office treatment for the relief of symptoms of varicose veins and venous reflux disease. It takes only one hour and has no downtime. Patients can resume normal activities the very next day.
Varicose Vein Symptoms
- Bulging veins (Some cases do not exhibit the blueish, bulging veins normally associated with venous reflux. The diseased vein(s) may be located deeper within the leg.)
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Skin changes
- Swollen limbs
- Leg cramps
- Restless legs
- Numbness and tingling
- Aches and Pain
The disease is progressive – symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated. You may not always be able to see varicose veins, but you can be symptomatic.
Understanding Venous Reflux Disease
Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valve that keeps blood flowing out of the legs back to the heart become damaged or diseased.
Healthy valves keep blood moving in one direction. Diseased valves cause blood to move in both directions, elevating venous pressure. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to the symptoms listed above.
Radiofrequency ablation is used to treat venous reflux disease. Procedural highlights include:
- Relief of symptoms
- Outpatient procedure
- Patients resume normal activities within 1-2 days
- Excellent cosmetic outcome with minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling
Radiofrequency Ablation Used in the Treatment of Venous Reflux Disease
Patients generally report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure. They are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure and most patients typically resume normal activities within one day. You may be encouraged to walk and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activity for a period of time.
Many patients notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness and fatigue. Additional compression may be suggested to aid healing. The full benefits of the procedure may take 1–2 weeks to show.
Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).
With RFA only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach eliminates pain and bruising associated with treatments like vein stripping surgery.
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the procedure. You should consult your physician to receive further information.
Radiofrequency ablation is intended for endovascular coagulation of blood vessels in patients with superficial venous reflux. It is contraindicated in patients with thrombus in the vein segment to be treated.
Potential complications include, but are not limited to, vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia, skin burn.
Radiofrequency treats diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels should bypass surgery be necessary in the patient’s future.
* Illustrations provided courtesy of ClosureFast™ Procedure by Medtronic.
How Much Does It Cost?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare for patients diagnosed with venous reflux. Contact Us to discuss pricing further and to schedule your appointment today!
The VenaSeal™ Closure System
The VenaSeal™ closure system offers relief for patients suffering from venous reflux disease by using a medical adhesive to permanently close the vein. With no need for heat, the VenaSeal™ procedure delivers a comfortable patient experience and immediate vein closure with the results you have come to expect.
How It Works
Superficial venous reflux disease treatment aims to reduce or stop the backward flow of blood. The following may be prescribed to treat your superficial venous reflux disease. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment is best for you:
- Compression stockings
- Removing diseased vein
- Closing diseased vein (through thermal or non-thermal treatment).
The VenaSeal™ closure system provides immediate vein closure, delivering consistent and reproducible results for your patients without the need for post-procedure compression stockings.
The VenaSeal™ closure system offers:
- Rapid return to normal activities after treatment
- Minimized pain and tenderness
- Significant improvements in quality of life
The VenaSeal™ Closure System Eliminates:
- Tumescent anesthesia
- Thermal nerve injury
- Post-procedure compression stockings