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Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose Vein Treatment
Are you suffering from varicose veins? Do you want to learn to love the appearance of your legs again? At Dakota Radiology, our board-certified interventional radiologists are trained to treat Varicose Veins with a minimally invasive technique that offers a fast recovery.
Get Back the Legs You Love!
Varicose Veins are veins that have one-way valves that route oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. If these valves don’t function well, blood doesn’t flow efficiently causing blood to pool in the lower legs and feet.
Varicose Veins may cause discomfort, pain, and become itchy or heavy while standing or walking for long periods. If left alone, the symptoms may worsen over time. They can link to circulatory and other underlying health problems.
Treatment of varicose veins is covered under the majority of healthcare insurance plans, including Medicare. If your insurance does not include this procedure, we also offer payment options to fit your individual needs.
At Dakota Radiology, we treat Varicose Veins with Endovenous Laser Ablation – a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that allows the interventional radiologist to pinpoint the primary source of the problematic vein(s).
Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation Include
- Immediate relief of symptoms.
- Treatment takes less than an hour of your time.
- Up to 98% success rate.
- No scarring as there is no surgical incision.
- Return to normal activities immediately.
- No general anesthesia or hospitalization.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the treatment painful?
A local anesthetic is used during the procedure. Afterward, any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication is usually all that is necessary for your comfort.
What can I expect following treatment?
You can expect mild to moderate bruising with minimal pain and tenderness. You will wear prescribed compression stockings for about ten days following the procedure. Walking and regular activity are immediately encouraged.
What happens to the problem vein?
A thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a small entry point. Laser heat energy is then applied to the inside of the vein, causing it to seal and close. Once the diseased vein is closed, the blood is then carried by other healthy veins.
Is there a risk to not treating my varicose veins?
Yes, there could be. Severe varicose veins can compromise the nutrition of the skin and lead to inflammation or even ulceration of the lower leg.
Can you guarantee results?
Due to genetics and many other factors, you may be predisposed to future problems. We view our service as varicose vein management rather than a one-time cure-all. Vein ablation has a very high success rate, but we will request 2-3 follow-up visits to help assure the success of the treatment.
However, since there is no way to prevent additional veins from becoming problems definitively, varicose veins may be an on-going challenge for you.