Studies show that a significant percentage of the population in the United States is affected by venous disease, making it a quite common condition. This condition is primarily reflected as varicose veins, which, despite having no significant health risk, can cause severe discomforts and is also a concern for cosmetic reasons. Largely this is because it occurs when the valves in the leg veins get twisted or weaken, causing blood to stagnate within the veins. The enlarged veins are easily noticeable, and while they can occur almost anywhere commonly occur in the legs with the risks being higher in adults over the age of 50.
Apart from varicose veins, venous disease can also be manifested as thrombophlebitis, which is more severe and can be life-threatening. Thrombophlebitis can occur as either superficial thrombophlebitis whereby there is the extreme inflammation a vein due to a blood clot or deep-vein thrombophlebitis that affects veins below the skin surface. In many cases, deep-vein thrombophlebitis is harder to instantly recognize and requires specialized diagnosis by a doctor with superficial thrombophlebitis being largely associated with localized swelling, tenderness, or pain. For many people diagnosed with the conditions, there is a high likelihood of familial deficiency calling for increased awareness for individuals with a family history of venous insufficiency.
The good news for all individuals with venous disease is that there has been a significant advancement in the treatment procedures that are currently being used by physicians. A current trending procedure is the Radiofrequency Ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that has proven to be highly effective for people with nerve blocks. RFA works by using electrical current to deliver bursts of energy using a tiny catheter that then causes the vein walls to contract and seal. This then causes the blood that had stagnated in the veins to reroute and flow to the healthy veins that result in great looking and healthy legs.
There is never any worry for patients who have to undergo the procedure as local anesthesia is used as a measure of guaranteeing comfort. As such, there is no pain experienced as radiofrequency waves are transmitted to the affected area, and since the anesthesia is localized, the patient remains awake during the procedure. This is made better by the fact that the patient can walk around after the compression stocking have been put back on, which is a few minutes after the treatment. Heavy activities can then be resumed within two weeks, whereby it is expected that one is healed.
The safety and low risks associated with Radiofrequency Ablation makes it the most suitable treatment method for anyone with venous disease. Nonetheless, some side effects, such as mild swelling, tenderness, and bruising may be experienced after the procedure. These, however, do not last and the physician will provide over the counter medication for quick relief with most patients having little or no complaints after a few days. A rule of the thumb when going for the procedure should be to strictly go for physicians specialized in vein therapy solutions. This will erase all doubts as to the efficiency of the procedure and see you have the look and feel desired for your legs.