Beloit Health System Focuses on Vein Health

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Your varicose veins could be more than just unsightly. Surgeons at Beloit Health System now offer a new procedure to reduce varicose veins that are problematic and unhealthy. The new procedure offers many benefits from previous procedures.
“Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased,” explains Dr. Pierre Charles, vascular surgeon at Beloit Health System.  “Symptoms include pain, swelling, leg heaviness or ulcers. Venous reflux disease is progressive and symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.”
Beloit Health System offers you several options for relief of varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is one of the newer treatments that is now offered at NorthPointe and Beloit Health System.
“This can be either an office or inpatient procedure that is very effective, less invasive and results in less recovery pain for patients,” explains Dr. Neel Karne, surgeon. “You will be able to walk following the treatment and recovery typically is short. The treatment itself only requires a tiny opening with no cuts and is often covered by insurance.”
In RFA ultrasound, the surgeon inserts a catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter, powered by radiofrequency energy delivers heat to the vein wall, thus causing it to shrink and seal closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins.
RFA procedure highlights include relief of symptoms within two days, can be performed under local anesthesia, the average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days and proven results with positive patient outcomes.
Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease including: age, gender, family history, multiple pregnancies, obesity or having a career that requires many hours on your feet or heavy lifting.
Patients can self-refer to a surgeon if they’d like to find out more about caring for their varicose veins. There are several options for caring for or reducing venous reflux disease.  For more information, please call (608) 364-2400.


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