Tuscan Cardiovascular and Vein Center, based in Irving, Texas, announced today that J. Douglas Overbeck, MD will be performing minimally invasive varicose vein treatment in Granbury. The procedure, called radiofrequency ablation, is a non-surgical method of resolving the unsightly, painful and potentially dangerous effects of varicose veins.
Varicose veins are a common medical condition, affecting approximately 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men in the United States. The condition is caused when valves located inside the vein become damaged, allowing the blood to pool inside the vein. This can cause the veins to distend, resulting in the “rope-like” appearance commonly associated with varicose veins. Many patients experience discomfort and leg swelling.
More often than not, people with varicose veins believe their condition to be cosmetic, not worthy of an actual medical diagnosis. However, if left untreated, varicose veins can lead to a range of serious health problems, including blood clots, leg ulcers and poor circulation.
“Before radiofrequency ablation was developed, the only effective treatment for large varicose veins was vein stripping, which is an invasive surgical procedure with a lengthy recovery period,” says Dr. Overbeck. “Radiofrequency Ablation is major advancement because it’s a patient-friendly procedure, which can be done in the office and the procedure is covered by Medicare and most other commercial insurance carriers.”
The procedure is simple. Under local anesthesia, the Closure Fast catheter is inserted into the diseased vein, through a small incision in the skin. The catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to shrink and seal closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins, often leading to the disappearance of the undesirable varicose vein and alleviation of symptoms. Compared with surgical options, minimally invasive ablation of the vein can result in less pain and quicker recovery time. The whole procedure lasts less than one hour in the office. After treatment, patients can walk immediately and return to normal activities.
Douglas Overbeck, MD is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, practicing for over 25 years and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He says, “Radiofrequency ablation is truly a major advancement in the treatment of varicose veins.”
Tuscan Vein Center is one of the leading facilities in North Texas that is equipped to provide this in-office procedure and is now pleased to offer these services in Granbury. For more information or to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Overbeck in Granbury, Stephenville, or Irving, call (972) 253-2505.