HeartCare Associates of Connecticut
Cardiovascular Specialists located in Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, West Haven & Wallingford, CT
If you have troublesome or unsightly veins, the specialists at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut’s Vein Center can help. The use the latest radiofrequency ablation techniques, such as Venefit™, to help you feel your very best. To schedule a consultation, call HeartCare Associates of Connecticut, with locations in Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, West Haven, and Wallingford, Connecticut, or use the online booking tool.
Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A
What is radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment the team at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut uses to address the problem of varicose veins.
Ablation is a treatment used in a variety of medical applications. It involves using a heat source to cause precise damage to specific tissues. In the case of varicose vein treatment, ablation creates scar tissue that blocks the affected vein.
Blocking the vein forces blood to reroute along a different blood vessel, and the treated varicose vein degrades over time and disappears.
Ablation technology can use laser or radiofrequency energy, such as with Venefit, to supply the heat. At HeartCare Associates of Connecticut, radiofrequency ablation is a popular choice.
Why would I need radiofrequency ablation?
You might need to undergo radiofrequency ablation if you have a venous insufficiency problem that’s causing varicose veins.
Venous insufficiency means your blood vessels aren’t operating as efficiently as they should. One of the problems this can cause is the pooling of blood because the valves aren’t preventing blood from trickling back in the wrong direction.
These pools of blood build up and then cause varicose veins, which bulge from your skin in unsightly lumps and rope-like coils.
Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly; they can also be painful, itchy, and sore, and make your legs ache. They can also cause other more serious conditions such as blood clots and leg ulcers.
If you have varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation is one of a range of treatment options available at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut’s Vein Center.
What happens during a radiofrequency ablation session?
Your provider at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut uses a local anesthetic or sometimes a mild sedative to keep you comfortable.
With ultrasound guidance, they insert a slim tube called a catheter into your vein and direct the radiofrequency energy through the catheter to the varicose part of the vein to collapse and seal it.
The procedure takes place in the Vein Center and requires minimal downtime afterward. You need to wear compression stockings for the first week or so to ensure optimal results from your radiofrequency ablation treatment.
You also need to have a duplex ultrasound as a follow-up after your treatment to ensure the vein has closed completely.
If your varicose veins are causing you problems, call HeartCare Associates of Connecticut today to schedule a radiofrequency ablation consultation or book an appointment online.