Your veins serve a vital function for your body’s circulatory system — to carry blood towards the heart. Over time, the valves in your veins can become damaged, and your veins can get twisted and enlarged, leading to a condition known as varicose veins. While varicose veins in and of themselves aren’t typically a serious medical issue, they can lead to more severe problems like difficulties with blood flow; not only that, but they can also cause aching, cramping, and swelling, not to mention be a potential source of embarrassment due to cosmetic reasons. While varicose veins can occur anywhere within the body, they’re most commonly experienced in the legs.

At NJ Spine and Wellness, our team of vein specialists can help you effectively and efficiently treat your varicose and spider veins. We offer cutting-edge remedies for your vein issues — like radiofrequency vein ablation (RFA) procedures — to reduce the occurrence of your varicose veins and prevent them from reforming. We’re proud to provide treatment for you varicose and spider veins at our clinics throughout New Jersey, in:

  • East Brunswick
  • Matawan
  • Freehold
  • Old Bridge

Vein Ablation Procedures: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a way to get rid of varicose veins naturally?

Since varicose veins aren’t always a serious medical condition, there are a few ways to treat them naturally. Aside from over the counter (OTC) medications and conventional treatments like wearing compression stockings, there are numerous ways you can attempt to address varicose veins on your own, including lifestyle changes like:

  • Exercise:If you live a sedentary lifestyle, it can make it more difficult for your veins to pump blood back to your heart; with regular exercise, you can lower your blood pressure and alleviate pressure in your veins.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight:Patients who are overweight can easily develop varicose veins.
  • Including anti-inflammatory foods into your diet: Anti-inflammatory foods — including Omega-3 antioxidants and magnesium-rich foods — can help contribute to healthy circulation.

If your varicose vein issues continue, consult with an NJ Spine and Wellness varicose vein specialist for suggestions on other treatment options.

What exactly is radiofrequency vein ablation (RFA)?

Radiofrequency vein ablation can be performed in an outpatient setting and requires no general anesthesia. Since a numbing agent is administered, it’s a virtually painless procedure that can reduce or eliminate your varicose or spider veins. During this process, a small tube is inserted through your vein; from there, radiofrequency energy is projected to ablate (heat tissues to close off the vein) and reduce the occurrence of varicose veins. RFA is a safe, straightforward procedure that can be performed in a clinical or office setting.

How long is recovery after a vein ablation procedure?

Since radiofrequency vein ablation (RFA) is a gentle procedure, it’s generally painless, and the recovery period is swift. While patients may experience a warming sensation during the process, it’s typically mild and well-tolerated. Once the procedure is complete, you can expect a swift recovery period. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities after mere days from receiving their vein ablation treatment. After five to seven days, they are generally free to resume sports activities and other strenuous exercises, including heavy lifting and other extreme sports.

What is the best treatment for varicose veins and spider veins?

Typically, the two best treatments for spider veins and varicose veins have been sclerosis and radiofrequency vein ablation (RFA). While sclerosis utilizes the injection of a chemical into your veins, RFA sends out radiofrequency waves that close off blood flow to the vein and shrink it.

What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

While you should always consult with ab NJ Spine and Wellness vein specialist, the most common risk factors of varicose and spider veins include:

  • Gender:Due to female hormones, women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins
  • Hereditary:If your family members have varicose veins, you could experience them as well
  • Age:As your veins age, they weaken; the risk of varicose veins increases after the age of 40
  • Occupation:If you have a job that requires constant sitting or standing, you could be at risk for varicose veins
  • Medical history:If you’ve already experienced deep vein thrombosis or another type of blood clot, you could be at risk for varicose veins
  • Birth control status:Medications that include female hormones — like birth control medications — can contribute to varicose veins
  • Weight:Overweight and obese individuals can increase pressure on the veins, leading to the development of varicose veins
  • Blood clots/other vein history:If your veins suffered previous damage, they might not be as strong as they once were, leading to enlarged and varicose veins

Schedule a Consultation With an NJ Spine and Wellness Vein Specialist Today!

If you’re tired of dealing with spider or varicose veins, our team of doctors can help you Get Better Faster. For more information, contact an NJ Spine and Wellness vein specialist or make an appointment at one of our clinics in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan, or Old Bridge, New Jersey.

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