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When is laser or radiofrequency ablation used to treat veins?

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Well to understand why, first you have to understand the underlying problem with people who have varicose veins, called venous insufficiency, which is a bad vein inside your legs that instead of carrying blood up towards your heart, the vein is weak and allows blood to go down towards your foot. This can cause a variety of symptoms: pains, swelling, throbbing, heaviness on the leg, and sometimes people will get leg cramps or restless legs. When that vein goes bad, not only does it cause many symptoms, but it will also attaches to and causes varicose veins. Obviously, when we treat varicose veins, it's equally important to treat the underlying cause and the way we treat the underlying cause is to simply close down the bad vein. The way we close down the bad vein is by using heat. The two methods of heat are laser and radiofrequency ablation.

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