Varicose veins are not only cosmetic — they are swollen, twisted, painful veins that appear at the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are a result of a condition known as Venous Insufficiency or Venous Reflux. They occur most commonly in the feet and ankles, and are a result of weaken or failed valves. The calf muscle helps move blood from the legs back into the heart. There are valves in veins that prevent blood for returning towards the foot because of the nature of gravity. If the vein fails, blood cannot return to the heart and stays in the legs. Commonly people who suffer from varicose veins have symptoms of heaviness, cramping and restless legs. Left untreated, this condition continues to get worse and can lead to serious complications.
Treatment for varicose veins involves diverting the blood out and away from the damaged vein and allowing the body to divert the blood to another of the many veins in the leg. To use a traffic analogy, we simply put up a roadblock and have the flow of traffic move to a side street. We offer the most advanced treatment options for varicose veins, like Endovenous Laser Treatment, Radio Frequency Ablation, Sclerotherapy, and Phlebectomy.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous Laser Treatment is a procedure that is performed to treat venous insufficiency. A small tube is inserted into the affected vein using ultrasound guidance. Once the tube is in, a special catheter is introduced up the vein to the area that needs to be closed down. Utilizing laser energy, the vein wall collapses on itself and closes. After the procedure, you may begin walking immediately — activity is encouraged as tolerated.
Radio Frequency Abolation
Radio Frequency Abolation is similar to Endovenous Laser Treatment. The only difference is the type of energy that is applied to the vein wall. In Radio Frequency Abolation, radio frequency waves are delivered into the vein wall, causing it to shrink and close. The recovery time is the same as with Endovenous Laser Treatment.
To perform Sclerotherapy, the physician will numb the skin and use ultrasound guidance to locate the vein to be eliminated. Next a special agent is delivered via a small needle into the spider veins which causes them to shrink down and collapse. Over time they will disappear.
A small needle and hook are introduced into the vein after it is numb. The physician then snares the vein and removes it from the leg. You will not require sutures, just a tight wrap. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure.