Your veins carry blood back to your heart, and if there’s a problem, it not only causes painful symptoms but can interfere with your whole cardiovascular system. At Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers in Memphis, Tennessee, Jonathan Ellichman, MD, offers innovative vein treatments for issues including chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, and blood clots. Call the practice today or make an appointment online for expert care from a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Ellichman provides a wide range of vein treatments to improve your circulation and overall health. He specializes in ablation treatments to seal and close damaged veins, which forces your blood to flow through healthier veins on its journey back to your heart and lungs.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive catheterization procedure. Dr. Ellichman uses vascular ultrasound to locate the damaged portion of the vein. Then, he provides a local anesthetic and makes a small incision.
He guides a catheter to the damaged part of your vein and feeds a small fiber through the catheter. When everything is in place, Dr. Ellichman turns on the radiofrequency energy, which heats the inside of your vein, and slowly withdraws the catheter. The heat forces your vein to close and seal.
Chemoablation, also referred to as sclerotherapy, involves an injection of a chemical agent that irritates the inside of a damaged vein, forcing it to close and seal itself off.
As with radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Ellichman uses vascular ultrasound to locate the area of vein that needs to be treated. Then he injects the chemical solution into your damaged veins.
You will need to wear compression stockings for at least two weeks following chemoablation or radiofrequency ablation. However, if your vein problem is mild, Dr. Ellichman might suggest compression therapy alone.
Compression stockings put gentle pressure on your legs, helping your veins push blood back to your heart and lungs. They can reduce swelling in your legs and lower your risk of developing a blood clot.
Dr. Ellichman recommends vein treatments after diagnosing vascular health issues such as:
He provides thorough exams to evaluate your condition before suggesting a treatment plan.
While many people think that varicose veins are cosmetic problems, they’re also signs of vascular health problems and cause disruptive symptoms, including leg pain, ulcers, numbness, and weakness.
If you have any signs of a vein problem, you should make an appointment with Dr. Ellichman right away. As with many health conditions, getting treatment early can reduce your discomfort and risk of complications.
Call Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers today or make an appointment online for state-of-the-art vein treatments.