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Leg Ablations

Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC

Cardiovascular Disease Specialists & Internal Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

If poor blood circulation is causing painful varicose veins, you might be a candidate for leg ablations. At Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC, the team offers on-site, minimally invasive leg ablations at their Port Arthur, Texas, office. They use radiofrequency energy to destroy damaged veins, relieve your symptoms, and improve blood circulation in your legs. To find out if leg ablations are a treatment choice for you, call Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC today or book a consultation online.

Leg Ablations Q & A

What are leg ablations?

Endovenous leg ablations use radiofrequency energy to burn away enlarged, varicose veins. This procedure causes the vein to close and eventually collapse. Blood in the collapsed vein naturally reroutes to nearby, healthy veins. No medical intervention is needed.

You might be a candidate for leg ablations if you have varicose veins that cause symptoms in your legs like:

  • Ulcers
  • Swelling
  • Aches and pain
  • Heaviness
  • Skin discoloration

The team at Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for painful varicose veins. They can determine if you’re a candidate for leg ablations during a physical exam and diagnostic imaging of your varicose veins.

What happens during leg ablations?

During leg ablation, the cardiologists at Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC will use ultrasound to find the damaged vein. The ultrasound sends images of your vein to an external monitor that the surgeons watch throughout the procedure.

They insert a long, thin tube (catheter) into your vein through a small incision. The ultrasound helps ensure its proper placement. Through the catheter, your physician inserts laser fibers that deliver radiofrequency energy into the vein to close it off. Soon after your treatment, the treated vein shrinks, and your body absorbs it naturally.

Leg ablations usually take an hour and don't require general anesthesia. Your physician can provide a numbing cream or local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your treatment.

How long does it take to recover from leg ablations?

Leg ablations are outpatient procedures. You can expect to go home after your treatment is done.

Because the incision needed for surgery is relatively small, it should heal within a few weeks. The Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC team will show you how to keep the incision area clean to prevent infection.

You might need to wear compression stockings or socks to reduce bruising and prevent blood clots. Compression stockings can also reduce your risk of developing more varicose veins.

You can resume your usual activities without limitations. But you should avoid sitting or standing for long periods while you recover.

To find out if you’re a candidate for leg ablations to treat varicose veins, call Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC today or book a consultation online.