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If you're struggling with the pain and discomfort of varicose veins, venous ablation may be the solution you've been searching for. This cutting-edge procedure uses advanced technology to treat varicose veins without requiring invasive surgery. With minimal downtime, you can quickly return to your daily routine while looking and feeling good in your skin.  

What to know about venous insufficiency.

Venous insufficiency is a prevalent but preventable condition that occurs when blood flow from the leg veins to the heart is reduced. In healthy veins, one-way valves keep blood flowing toward the heart, despite gravity's force. However, when these valves weaken, they cannot close correctly, and blood leaks backward. This condition is known as reflux.

Over time, veins that have lost their valve effectiveness become elongated, rope-like, bulged, and thickened, resulting in the appearance of varicose veins. Varicose veins are a common symptom of venous insufficiency, and they can cause discomfort, pain, and other complications if left untreated.

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Discover whether vein ablation is for you.

Vein ablation may be necessary if you are experiencing varicose veins or spider veins that are causing you discomfort or affecting your quality of life.

Vein ablation is safe and effective for many people, but it is best to determine if it is the ideal choice for you with the help of Dr. Gharai.

During your vein consultation, our board-certified cardiovascular surgeon will perform a comprehensive physical examination, evaluating your condition and medical history. A diagnostic ultrasound will then be used to determine the extent of your venous disease and develop a tailored treatment plan. Dr. Gharai will keep you informed and involved in the treatment options, expectations, and outcomes throughout the process.

What is vein ablation?

Vein ablation treats varicose veins and other forms of venous insufficiency with a minimally invasive technique. This outpatient procedure is typically performed by a board-certified cardiovascular or vascular surgeon, who uses heat energy to seal off the affected vein. The surgeon will make a tiny incision in the skin during the procedure and insert a thin catheter into the affected vein. The catheter is then guided up to the source of the problem, using ultrasound imaging to ensure precise placement. Once in position, the surgeon will use heat energy in the form of radiofrequency or laser to seal the vein shut. By sealing off the affected vein, venous ablation redirects blood flow to healthy veins, improving circulation and reducing the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins, such as pain, swelling, and discomfort.

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Freedom from painful veins – what to expect

Dr. Gharai will sterilize and cover the leg that will undergo treatment with a surgical drape and apply a local anesthetic to the area where the incision will be made, typically just above or below the knee. A small incision near the affected vein will be made during the procedure. Dr. Gharai will insert a thin catheter through the incision and guide it into the vein using ultrasound imaging.

Once the catheter is in place, she will use laser or radiofrequency energy to heat the vein, causing it to collapse and sealing it shut. The procedure typically takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on the size and location of the affected vein. You may feel mild discomfort or pressure during the vein ablation procedure, but it should not be painful.

Maintain your results with proper aftercare.

Immediately following the procedure, you may experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treated area. This is common and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. Dr. Gharai recommends after the procedure to resume your normal daily activities but to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and long periods of standing or sitting for at least a week after the procedure. Wearing compression stockings for a certain period after the procedure will help reduce swelling and promote healing.

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FAQ

Is venous ablation safe?

How should I prepare for this procedure?

Is venous ablation safe?

Venous ablation is extremely safe; however, as with all surgical procedures, we recommend discussing the risks with your physician. Some of the potential risks, although minimal, can include vein perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, infection, and skin burns if the vein treated is close to the skin's surface.

How should I prepare for this procedure?

No special preparation is necessary. However, you must inform your physician if you are allergic to anesthetics or have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or other implanted medical device. To reduce the risk of excessive bruising and bleeding, patients on blood thinners may need to discontinue their medication before the procedure.

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Why Dr. Gharai?

At the Vein & Aesthetics Center of Tampa Bay, we take pride in offering our patients personalized aesthetic and vascular treatments. Our services include vein ablation for varicose vein removal, as well as cosmetic treatments to enhance your appearance. Board-certified cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Fariba Gharai has over 15 years of experience in medical practice and has performed over 2,000 heart, lung, and vascular surgeries. 

Whether you're seeking relief from varicose veins or want to enhance your appearance with medical aesthetics, our friendly medical team is excited to help you achieve your desired results. With state-of-the-art technology and a patient-centered approach, we are committed to delivering superior outcomes and helping you look and feel your very best. Contact us at (813) 533-1999 or schedule a free consultation online for vein ablation today.

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Seeing the results you desire in the mirror is within reach! Schedule your free consultation with Vein & Aesthetics Center of Tampa Bay, and find out how Dr. Gharai can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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