Endovascular Intervention & Cardiologist located in Hudson, FL & Brooksville, FL
Count yourself lucky if your unsightly varicose veins are only a source of embarrassment. For many people, these bulging, twisted leg veins cause pain, itching, restless legs, and complications like leg ulcers. At Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, Nader Chadda, MD, FACC, FSCAI, permanently eliminates varicose veins using advanced procedures such as VenaSeal™ and ClosureFast™. Both Medtronic procedures have clinical data proving their safety and effectiveness. To learn more about your treatment options for varicose veins, call the office in Hudson, Brooksville, or Land O’ Lakes, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, dark-blue or purple veins that appear in your legs, bulging above the skin’s surface. These veins have a big impact on your appearance, and they can also lead to complications in your lower leg.
What causes varicose veins?
The veins in your legs have valves that keep the blood flowing up toward your heart. When a valve weakens or fails, some of the blood goes backward. This condition is called venous insufficiency.
As the backward-flowing blood accumulates in the vein, the vein becomes engorged, and you end up with varicose veins.
What symptoms develop if I have varicose veins?
You may not develop symptoms, but most people experience one or more of the following:
Discoloration of the skin
When venous insufficiency goes untreated, it causes high venous pressure in your lower leg. This pressure leads to complications such as thickened skin, rashes, and leg ulcers.
Venous ulcers need intensive medical care because these wounds don’t heal on their own. Instead, they get larger and put you at risk of developing serious skin and bone infections.
How are varicose veins treated?
Your treatment at Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates may start with compression stockings and lifestyle changes that improve blood flow. But if you have symptoms or a leg ulcer, it’s essential to treat venous insufficiency. To do that, the elimination of the varicose veins is necessary.
Dr. Chadda uses one of the following minimally invasive procedures from Medtronic:
ClosureFast is an advanced device that eliminates your varicose veins using radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
After applying a topical anesthetic, Dr. Chadda makes a tiny cut near the targeted varicose vein. Using ultrasound for guidance, he inserts the ClosureFast catheter into the vein and threads it to the end of the varicosity.
Dr. Chadda injects a local anesthetic into the vein and then slowly withdraws the catheter while the device sends out radiofrequency energy. The controlled heat permanently closes the vein.
RFA effectively eliminates the varicose veins along with their faulty valves. Your body naturally restores healthy circulation by redirecting blood flow through healthy veins.
VenaSeal closes varicose veins using a specially formulated medical adhesive. Dr. Chadda injects the adhesive into the vein using a catheter and applies pressure to the vein to ensure it closes. By design, the medication safely stays in your veins while they shrink and disappear.
If you want to get rid of varicose veins, call Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, or book an appointment online today.