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Venous Ablation

Venous Ablation is used in the treatment of varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged tortuous veins typically in the lower extremities. This occurs when the valves of the veins are not functioning properly and the veins become incompetent. It decreases the blood flow back to the heart and causes the blood to pool in the veins. In turn, this leads to dilated, bluish discoloration of veins just under the skin surface throughout the lower extremity.

Varicose veins that typically occur during pregnancy generally improve without medical treatment within 3 - 12 months after delivery.

Catheter-assisted Procedures

In these procedures, we insert a tube into the greater saphenous vein, the largest superficial vein of the leg. We extend this catheter up to the groin and we close the greater saphenous vein with either radiofrequency energy or with glue. This converts the blood flow from the superficial skin surface to the deep venous system. In many patients, this is curative. The symptoms of varicose veins include painful legs and leg swelling. In more severe cases, patients could have venous ulcers of the lower extremity.

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Sclerotic Therapy

In this procedure, we inject small and medium-sized varicose veins with a solution that closes these veins. In a few weeks, these veins fade. Sclerotic therapy does not require anesthesia and can be done in the office. This may require several treatments for optimum results.

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Ambulatory Phlebectomy

The doctor removes small varicose veins with a series of tiny skin punctures. Scarring is usually minimal.

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Scheduling Information

We perform most ablation treatments as an outpatient procedure at East Montgomery Imaging Center. For scheduling information please call (334) 277-1210.

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