Are you tired of always having to cover up your legs due to unsightly varicose veins?
As many as 40% of women and 25% of men suffer from varicose veins. Each year over 1 million people undergo treatments to improve the appearance of unsightly leg veins and to alleviate pain or discomfort that may accompany them. Varicose vein treatments are performed by our medical providers for patients in our region.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms associated with varicose veins include aching legs, burning and itching around the vein, swelling, and in some severe cases, ulceration and bleeding. Veins that cause pain or are cosmetically unappealing should be treated.
What causes varicose veins?
Contractions of our ankle and calf muscles help to pump blood back up to our hearts. Valves inside the veins prevent the blood from falling back down in between heartbeats. Due to our genetic make-up, pregnancy or aging, the veins in our legs begin to stretch and lose their elasticity. The valves no longer function properly. This allows blood to flow backward and form pools in the weakened, lower veins. The resulting twisted, lumpy mass of blue veins bulging just beneath the surface of the skin are known as varicose veins.
Your varicose vein treatment options:
Surgical techniques such as ligation and stripping are now performed less frequently. In recent years several newer treatment options have become available that are less painful, and provide an easier recovery. The most performed treatments to improve the appearance of varicose veins and alleviate discomfort include Sclerotherapy, Endovenus Procedures and Light based treatments.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of surface varicose veins through tiny incisions made in the skin, along the treated vein. The incisions are so tiny that stitches are generally not necessary. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and has few complications. This procedure is often recommended in conjunction with sclerotherapy. It can minimize the side effects of sclerotherapy and enhance your results.
VNUS® Closure® is a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery. The procedure utilizes radio frequency (RF) energy to heat the inside of the greater saphenous vein (GSV), causing it to collapse and seal shut. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a tiny catheter, with an electrode tip, into the affected vein. Once in place, RF energy is delivered to the vein wall. Gradually, the catheter is withdrawn, sealing the vein along the way. Since Closure occludes veins it virtually eliminates reflux and unsightly varicose veins. The complete procedure takes about 30-45 minutes. After your treatment, your doctor will most probably ask you to walk, wear compression stockings and refrain from long periods of standing for a few weeks. Most patients can return to normal activities immediately excluding a vigorous workout.
Endo Venous Laser Treatments: ELT, EVLT and ELVeS are all names for minimally-invasive procedures that utilize laser energy to heat the vein wall, causing it to collapse and seal shut. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a thin laser fiber optic directly into the vein. When the laser is pulsed, the energy causes the vein to become permanently occluded, thus removing the underlying cause of the varicosities. Gradually, the fiber optic is withdrawn, sealing the vein along the way. The complete procedure takes about 30-45 minutes. Patients can return to most normal activities immediately.
What about Sclerotherapy for varicose veins?
Sclerotherapy is an excellent, safe, non-surgical way to treat spider veins. It involves a series of relatively painless injections of a solution into the abnormal vein in order to make the vein shrink. The solution irritates and damages the lining of the vein, causing it to close up and virtually disappear. Normal activities can be resumed right away.
What results can you expect from your varicose vein treatment?
With the evaluation and treatment methods available today, varicose veins can be treated at a level of effectiveness and safety previously unattainable. Most patients see their results immediately.
How do I know which varicose vein procedure is best for me?
During your consultation with our medical providers, we will review your complete medical history to determine how long you have had the problem with your veins and the severity of the problem. Our doctor may test to determine the extent of your venous insufficiency and explain which procedure is best for your condition.