Radiofrequency Perforator Ablation at Texas Endovascular
Cutting off abnormal blood flow through radiofrequency energy treatment.
There are approximately 150,000 new cases of venous insufficiency each year in the United States. Of those cases, the most frequent cause is incompetent vein valves in the legs.
Perforator veins connect the small and large vein systems in your body. That’s why they’re often most affected when vein valves begin to work inefficiently.
Our vein experts use state-of-the-art outpatient procedures, like radiofrequency perforator ablation, to seal the perforator vein, reduce symptoms of vein disease and improve functionality.
Let’s discuss radiofrequency perforator ablation in more detail, including what it is and how it’s performed.
What is Perforator Ablation?
Radiofrequency perforator vein ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient vascular treatment for venous reflux or pre-ulcer veins. As its name suggests, this procedure affects the perforator veins, which are short connections between your deep and superficial veins.
Perforator veins can suffer valve damage and retrograde blood flow (venous reflux), just like other veins.
Most patients with vein disease who experience skin changes that may result in leg ulcers have reflux in perforator veins near their ulcers and superficial or deep veins.
During treatment, radiofrequency energy closes the affected perforator vein. It cuts off abnormal blood flow between the deep and superficial veins and is performed only under local anesthesia.
Patients generally experience little or no pain or downtime and often feel relief from their symptoms immediately following treatment; results are long-lasting.
Before recommending radiofrequency perforator ablation, your doctor will require a medical exam and diagnostic ultrasound evaluation. This helps determine whether the procedure is appropriate for your care.
Am I a Candidate?
Perforator ablation is ideal for those diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency due to poorly functioning perforator veins.
With this condition, poor circulation leads to blood flow pooling in the legs, which can increase pressure in the leg veins and lead to symptoms such as:
- venous ulcers
- unrelenting pain
- night cramps
- leg heaviness and fatigue
- leaky blood vessels
Perforator ablation may be right for you if you are living with venous insufficiency. Consult with our team today to learn more about this option for your venous health.
Outpatient Perforator Ablation Treatment in Texas
At Texas Endovascular, we are committed to your vascular health.
If you are living with venous insufficiency or another vascular problem, we are here to help mitigate symptoms and restore vein health.
We offer a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options, including radiofrequency perforator ablation, to help improve your vascular health and function.
Schedule an appointment today in one of our Houston area offices to learn more about this outpatient procedure and determine if it’s right for you.