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What is Venous Ablation?
Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart, against the force of gravity. When the valves weaken, they don’t close properly therefore blood leaks backward. This condition is called reflux. Veins that have lost their valve effectiveness become elongated, rope-like, bulged, and thickened. These are commonly known as varicose veins.
Vein ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that treats the veins from the inside. This outpatient procedure is performed by a board certified cardiovascular or vascular surgeon. Heat energy is used in the form of laser or Radiofrequency to seal the afflicted vein.
Dr. Fariba Gharai provides venous ablation at Vein & Aesthetics Center of Tampa Bay. Dr. Gharai has done over 2000 heart, lung, and vascular surgeries in the last 15 years of being in practice and has had superior outcomes with these procedures.
Is Venous Ablation right for me?
During your vein consultation you have a comprehensive history and physical examination preformed by our board certified cardiovascular surgeon. Then a diagnostic ultrasound will determine the extent of your venous disease and tailor a treatment plan. Each step of the way you will be informed and participating in the treatment options, expectation and outcome.
Is Venous Ablation safe?
Venous ablation is extremely safe, however as with all surgical procedures, there are risks that should be fully discussed with a physician. Some of these risks, although minimal, can include perforation of the vein, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, infection and skins burns if the vein treated is close to the surface of the skin.
How should I prepare for this procedure?
No special preparation is necessary. However you must let your physician know if you are allergic to anesthetics, have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator or other implanted medical device. To minimize the risk of bruising and bleeding, patients who take blood thinners may be asked to stop their medication prior to the procedure. The leg being treated will be sterilized and covered with a surgical drape and a local anesthetic will be administered to the site where the incision will be made, generally immediately above or below the knee.
Schedule your FREE vein consultation with the Vein & Aesthetics Center of Tampa Bay to see if a Vein Ablation is right for you and to learn more about your treatment options.