Grandview Heart Health: How to treat varicose veins

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS 42 Community) — Cardiologists at Grandview Medical Center use cutting-edge technology and techniques to change lives. Doctor Byron Jones practices vein ablation, a procedure that helps reduce the symptoms of venous insufficiency, more commonly known as varicose veins.

“It is usually a degenerative problem where the veins break down, and they become, as we call it, incompetent. The valves don’t work. The blood flows in the wrong direction. And when the blood flows in the wrong direction, that causes things like swelling, changes in skin coloration, ulceration, varicose veins, things like that,” said Jones.

This condition can commonly be treated with compression stockings. In fact, many insurances require it before other treatments. If the symptoms continue, Doctor Jones steps in.

“What I emphasize more is a definitive procedure called a vein ablation. This is where we actually shut down a malfunctioning vein under local anesthesia and allow the veins that are functioning normally to take over,” Jones said.

This procedure can lead to reduced pain and swelling and, in some cases, faster healing. It can even have cosmetic benefits!

“Where we are functioning is on the higher end of that spectrum where we’re alleviating the suffering related to the edema, related to the pain. Sometimes we do have a cosmetic improvement. Often we do. But that is not the actual goal. It’s more relieving the suffering, relieving the symptoms,” said Jones.

To find out more about vein ablation and other life-changing procedures at Grandview Medical Center, visit GrandviewHeart.com.

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