Vein Treatment Options to “Show off Those Legs Again”
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and tortuous. When the veins in the leg become varicose, the valves in the leg no longer meet properly and the valves do not work. When this happens, some blood can stay in a vein instead of moving forward like it should. This makes the vein swell, and that swollen vein is a varicose vein. Some symptoms of varicose veins may include:
- Leg pain
- Leg fatigue
- Swelling and heaviness
- Skin color changes
- Venous ulcers
Spider veins are much like varicose veins but smaller. They are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They are often red or blue, and can be found, most commonly, on the face and legs, and can cover either a small or large area of skin.
At Advanced Vein and Vascular we offer minimally-invasive procedures as a first step to treating varicose, and spider veins. These procedure options are done on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art vein center.
Options for Treatment
- Sclerotherapy is used commonly for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. It involves injecting a small volume of liquid into the diseased vein. The sclerosing liquid acts upon the lining of the vein to cause it to seal shut, eliminating the vein completely.
- Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a large surface of varicose vein is removed through a series of miniature incisions that need no stitches. Compared to traditional vein stripping, this technique has virtually no scarring or side effects. It is performed in the office. A local anesthetic is used and patients have very little “down time” following the procedure.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment with the Dornier D940 laser is used to correct venous reflux. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis within the comfort of the Advanced Vein and Vascular office. Using ultrasound guidance, a catheter is inserted through a small incision into the saphenous vein. A laser fiber is then inserted into the catheter and used to deliver energy, while the fiber is being withdrawn from the leg, to close the diseased vein.
- Compression therapy for venous edema Venous insufficiency, which can lead to the development of varicose veins, can also cause swelling, or edema. This is caused by a backup of blood and increased pressure in the veins. Venous insufficiency is a problem that is localized to the legs, ankles, and feet. One leg may be more affected than the other (asymmetrical edema). Treatments can include exercise, wrapping, massage, compression stockings and a compression pump.
Contact us if you have any questions regarding your varicose veins