In most circumstances, painful and unsightly legs are the result of a faulty vein you cannot see. The key to treatment is to eliminate this faulty vein.
The key to treating the vein problems that lead to painful and unsightly legs is to eliminate the vein causing the problem. This is a vein that gravity abnormally pulls blood into the leg – a vein you cannot see. Once the bad vein is gone, the blood reroutes through other normal veins and the back pressure from the bad vein is gone. This results in a significant improvement in the leg discomfort and pain.
Venous ablation is the most common treatment for correcting venous insufficiency. Venous ablation is a simple minimally invasive procedure done under a local anesthesia with light sedation. An IV with a tiny plastic covered wire is placed through the bad vein and microwave energy (or Radio-frequency) is delivered to the bad vein which results in the vein sealing closed.
The procedure is safe, effective, and can be done in the office. Patients walk in and walk out of the office, and immediately resume light, normal activity. Most people return to work the next day.
In addition to microwave energy, glue can also be used to seal or ablate the bad vein.