Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins at Georgia Vascular Institute

Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency ablation is a cutting-edge treatment option for painful, bulging or unsightly varicose veins. 

Painful varicose veins can make it difficult to stand for long periods of time or exercise the way you want to. Even if your veins cause no painful symptoms, they can become a serious cosmetic concern. They can cause blue, bulging masses in the legs, as well as itching and skin discoloration. 

Standard treatments for varicose veins, like compression stockings and leg elevation, may not provide the relief you need. However, vein surgery may present obstacles and risks you aren’t comfortable with. Many people worry about general anesthesia and the lengthy recovery time vein surgery requires. Others worry about infection or post-surgical pain in the affected vein. 

Fortunately, there are minimally invasive procedures that can provide relief from the pain and unsightliness of varicose veins. One of those procedures is radiofrequency ablation (RFA). 

Georgia Vascular Institute’s Vein Center specializes in radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of varicose veins. 

Here’s everything you need to know about this procedure. 

How is Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?

Radiofrequency ablation is performed using heat produced by radiofrequency. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour, with two hours for recovery. 

On the day of your procedure, your doctor will begin by numbing the leg receiving the radiofrequency ablation energy. Once your leg is numb, your doctor will use ultrasound images to guide a catheter to your affected veins. The catheter will then distribute radiofrequency heat to the veins. 

The heat produced by the radiofrequency destroys the vein wall and effectively closes off the vein. Local anesthesia insulates the surrounding tissues from heat damage during the procedure.

Following your ablation, you’ll be able to walk immediately. You can also go home the very same day. You’ll be given a bandage to wrap the puncture site, and you’ll need to wear compression stockings for a week afterwards, but recovery time is relatively short and painless.

Learn more about this procedure at Georgia Vascular Institute. 

Why Is Radiofrequency A Good Choice?

Radiofrequency ablation closes varicose veins in nearly 90% of patients. Veins that aren’t successfully treated are either treated again, or the patient receives a recommendation for another vein surgery that is more likely to be effective. 

Additionally, RA causes little pain after the procedure. Patients can walk immediately, and rarely need time off to recover. 

RA requires very small incisions that heal quickly and cause no scarring and very little bruising afterwards.

Radiofrequency Ablation at Georgia Vascular

If you have painful, bulging varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation may provide you with relief. 

While not everyone is a candidate for the procedure, the majority of people who are good candidates will see positive results and experience no downtime. 

Not sure if you have vein disease? Take Georgia Vascular Institute’s online vein screening today. 

If you’re ready to explore radiofrequency ablation to treat chronic pain in your legs or to restore the appearance of your legs, contact Georgia Vascular Institute today. 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Information

Uterine fibroids (also known as leiomyomas) are benign growths in the uterus that commonly affect women of childbearing age. Although the majority of fibroids are non-cancerous, they can grow large enough to cause serious issues like severe pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, bloating, urinary and bowel issues and even fertility problems. 

Traditionally, the most common treatment for fibroids was a hysterectomy, a major surgery that removes the uterus entirely. Another common treatment is a myomectomy, which removes fibroids and reconstructs the uterus. Myomectomy can cause fertility issues, especially if numerous fibroids are removed. 

Both of these surgeries require the use of general anesthesia and carry risks such as excessive bleeding and infection. As a result, many women with fibroids are searching for less invasive treatment options that don’t affect fertility, require major incisions or carry as many risks. Among those treatment options is a procedure called uterine fibroid embolization. 

The Fibroid Center at Georgia Vascular Institute offers state-of-the-art treatments for uterine fibroids, including uterine fibroid embolization. 

Here’s what you should know about this procedure. 

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE), uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that shrinks uterine fibroids by cutting off their blood supply.

During the procedure, an interventional radiologist will use a form of x-ray called fluoroscopy to guide a small catheter through the femoral artery to the blood vessels that feed uterine fibroids. 

Embolic particles are then injected through the catheter tube into the blood vessels, effectively blocking the blood supply to uterine fibroids. Without a blood supply, the fibroids shrink. 

UFE has been shown to reduce negative fibroid symptoms in the majority of women who undergo the procedure. 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization and Fertility

One of the main benefits of UFE is that it preserves fertility. 

Unlike surgical interventions like hysterectomy and myomectomy, UFE requires no cutting or incisions to the uterus and does not leave problematic scar tissue that can make implantation difficult. 

As fibroids shrink following UFE, fertility may actually improve.

Risks Associated with Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Serious complications with uterine fibroid embolization are extremely rare. However, there are risks to be aware of as you move forward with the procedure. 

Rare complications associated with uterine fibroid embolization:

  • Infection in degenerating fibroid
  • Infection at the puncture site (spot where the catheter is fed into the femoral artery during the procedure)
  • Hematoma at puncture site
  • Injury to the uterus

Some women experience postembolization syndrome, which may cause nausea, pelvic cramping and fever. 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Recovery Time

Unlike surgical treatments for fibroids, UFE requires very little recovery time. 

Typically, it takes only 7 to 10 days to make a full recovery. 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization at Georgia Vascular Institute

Georgia Vascular Institute in Stockbridge, GA is one of the most trusted uterine fibroid treatment centers in the state. 

Contact us today to learn more about uterine fibroid embolization or to schedule your appointment.