Doc discusses new varicose veins treatment

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Vascular surgeon Dr. Melinda Aquino provides a revolutionary new treatment for varicose veins, which is both safer and less painful, at her Seton Medical Center office in Daly City and the Vein Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco.

What causes varicose veins? Varicose veins are usually caused by underlying conditions like venous insufficiency, which results from leaky valves in the legs. When the valves don’t work anymore, blood leaks back and pools in the legs, causing spider veins, varicose veins or even ulcers. 

What is the traditional treatment for varicose veins? Before, the treatment used to be pretty brutal and painful, involving making incisions to pull the vein from the roots or “vein stripping.”

Why is this new technology a preferable treatment option? It is minimally invasive and is actually safer and more effective. We make a tiny incision to put a catheter in the vein and use a radio frequency abrasion technique that closes the vein from inside. The procedure is done using local anesthesia, so 95 percent of people can go back to daily activities right after.

Why is this treatment relevant today? A huge number of us develop these conditions and it is necessary to treat the underlying cause, otherwise spider veins can just come back.

shaughey@sfexaminer.com

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