Treatment for Varicose Veins and General Venous Disease

Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Contact Information
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The Transformations Clinic and Transformations Surgery Center, Inc., are located on the far west side of Madison, in Middleton, Wisconsin
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toes dipping in the water, treatment for spider veins, varicose veinsVaricose veins and general venous disease is treated by expert vein surgeons at UW Health Transformations in Madison, Wisconsin, leaving patients with minimal pain and scarring. It is estimated that almost half of the adult female population are troubled by varicose veins and general venous disease.
Heredity, pregnancy, weight gain hormonal shifts and certain occupations may contribute to the formation of small veins that lie close to the surface of the skin.
Minimally-Invasive Endovenous Treatment
Patients with severe varicose veins may benefit from minimally invasive endovenous treatment, where doctors insert a small tube called a catheter into the vein. The catheter then sends out radiofrequency energy that shrinks and seals the vein wall.
Afterward, healthy veins surrounding the sealed vein restore the leg's normal blood flow, shrinking surrounding varicose and spider veins. Often, minimal office treatments are required to complete treatment for larger veins.
UW Health Transformations physicians in Madison, Wisconsin, use a variety of procedures to remove the protrusion of such veins. Our staff will find the appropriate procedure and technique for you, and we will carefully walk you through the process beforehand.

Frequently Asked Questions


How does radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for treatment of venous disease work?


Advances in medicine make it possible for physicians to supplement surgical treatment with radiofrequency technology, leaving patients with minimal pain and scarring. With radiofrequency ablation, a small tube called a catheter is inserted into the vein(s). The catheter sends out radiofrequency energy that shrinks and seals the vein walls eliminating the main source of varicose vein reflux.


During a procedure, which can last up to 45 minutes, a physician targets a very strong burst of energy into the problem areas via catheter into the major diseased vein, making these veins seal and collapse.


Afterward, healthy veins in other parts of the leg restore normal blood flow to the leg, and with ablation  of the main diseased source of reflux, there can be shrinking of surrounding varicose and spider veins. Often, larger adjacent veins will be removed through small incisions, called stab avulsion phlebectomy. Often, minimal office treatments are required to complete treatment for veins that persist.


What are my options?


The first line treatment of varicose veins is a compression stocking. RFA is a second line treatment of varicose veins. However, more options are available to you, and your doctor will tailor an individual treatment plan best suited for your condition which may use one or a combination of venous reconstruction and stents or stab avulsion phlebectomy alone.


What should I expect following RFA? 
The number of treatments will vary for each individual and depend on the severity of the veins. Possible side effects include redness or swelling of the skin after treatment that should subside within a few days, lumpiness under the skin and discoloration that disappears up to six months after the treatment. New varicose veins can return later.


How soon can I return to activity?


Your doctor will advise you not to drive for 48 hours. After three to four days, you may resume walking and incorporate light/low-impact exercise. Higher-impact exercise, for example elliptical or biking, must be approved by your doctor, but usually can start two weeks after treatment.


Is tanning a concern with this form of treatment?


No. Tanning, or tan skin, is not a concern with this form of treatment.


Will my insurance cover the procedure?


Insurance might cover your procedure. Please consult your physician to determine coverage.