Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure used to treat varicose veins. An RFA utilizes high-frequency radio waves directed through a thin tube to create intense heat within the varicose vein. This closes up the problem vessel so blood cannot flow through it, redirecting blood flow into healthy veins to allow the blood to return to the heart. Eliminating the unhealthy vein reduces the vein bulging and minimizes leg pain and swelling. It is performed as an outpatient procedure with minimal recovery and discomfort.

Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam)

In addition to RVTA treatments, our physicians can also provide outpatient Varithena therapy for patients with varicose veins. Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a prescription medicine used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the great saphenous vein (GSV) and other related veins in the leg’s GSV system. To begin the procedure, our physician administers a small amount of Varithena through a catheter, or by direct injection, into the malfunctioning vein. The foam quickly fills the desired section of the vein to collapse and “deactivate” the diseased vein. With the unhealthy vein no longer operational, blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby, allowing for proper blood flow back up to the heart.

Varithena treatments typically take less than an hour. While many patients see relief of symptoms in one treatment, patients with more severe varicose veins may require additional treatments to fully resolve symptoms.

Patients who receive Varithena treatment may resume some activities the same day as treatment, but heavy exercise should be avoided for one week. Post-treatment bandages need to be kept dry and in place for 48 hours, and compression stockings must be worn on the treated leg for 2 weeks.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that injects sclerosing solutions into the veins. It is used to treat spider, reticular and varicose veins, and blocks the unsightly or non-functioning veins to gradually improve appearance. This generally involves multiple treatments over the course of several months.

Phlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that removes varicose veins. It is an outpatient procedure that removes the problematic veins through tiny incisions. Performed under local anethesia, the incisions are so small the result is usually little to no scarring. Compression stockings are worn for 1-2 weeks following the treatment, and most patients immediately return to normal activity.

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Provas of Salt Lake City and of Ogden offer an unparalleled level of experience and expertise within a conveniently located, state-of-the-art facility. If you have a strong family history of vascular disease or believe you may be experiencing symptoms, it is important to see a physician. Seeking out a diagnosis is the important first step. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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