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How do laser and radiofrequency treatments eliminate varicose veins?

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Hi, I'm Dr. Steve Epstein. I'm a clinical specialist here at Vascular Epicenter. I'm board-certified in diagnostic and interventional, or invasive, radiology, and I've been in clinical practice for more than 20 years. How do laser and radiofrequency treatments eliminate varicose veins? Normally, veins at the skin surfaces merge into larger veins, and then eventually drain into the saphenous vein, either the great or small saphenous vein. The great saphenous vein runs from the front of the ankle bone on the inside to the groin. The small saphenous vein runs up the calf and usually drains into a deep vein behind the knee. When these veins and their valves don't work right, there's engorgement, increased pressure, increased volume in the saphenous vein, causing backflow, and then the emergence of varicose veins. By eliminating these saphenous veins, those varicose veins are forced to redirect into the deep system, and that allows them to decompress, with subsequent relief from the symptoms.

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