At United Vein Centers we specialize in treating conditions with the veins. These conditions include varicose veins and spider veins. Although the procedures are relatively safe and carry little to no complications, it’s still important to know about the various procedures for vein conditions before getting one done.
Vein diseases is a category of conditions that affect your veins. Your veins make up part of your cardiovascular system. They carry deoxygenated blood to the heart. Sometimes, problems arise with your veins that lead to spider veins. varicose veins and other conditions pertaining to the veins. If you have a vein disease, it’s not just superficial. Oftentimes, you’ll feel achy, itchy or a burning sensation at or around the site. The symptoms tend to be worse at night.
The treatment for conditions of the vein varies based on the condition you have. Technology has advanced the treatment process to the point where lasers may be used in many cases. For instance, there’s the endovenous laser treatment that uses lasers and ultrasound technology to treat varicose veins. This means that the procedures are less invasive than they once were and require less of a recovery time. Not to mention, there’s less risk of complications. At United Vein Centers, our team has years of combined experience in vein treatment along with an extensive amount of training. Plus, our technology allows us to perform treatments that are safe and will correct the problem.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that may or may not cause pain. Sometimes, they are merely aesthetically displeasing. In other cases, they can lead to circulatory problems. They’re more common in a person’s feet and legs because of the pressure a person places on the veins when he or she walks or stands. Losing weight, elevating one’s legs and not standing as much can correct the issue, but sometimes a person needs a medical intervention such as duplex ultrasound, endovenous laser treatment or ambulatory phlebectomy.
This procedure examines the veins underneath the skin. Our doctors are able to see the veins and how the blood is flowing. Additionally, we can see plaque and anything else that may cause problems. This is the first step to diagnosing the problem and finding the right treatment.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment uses lasers that are guided by an ultrasound. Endovenous laser treatment or EVLT takes about 45 minutes and only requires a local anesthesia. It can be done in the office. After the procedure, patients usually resume normal activities within 24 hours and don’t experience much pain if any at all.
A mini-phlebectomy or an ambulatory phlebectomy treats bulging varicose veins by removing the veins through a tiny incision made above the vein. It’s an outpatient procedure and is done in the office. It’s ideal for best cosmetic results and doesn’t cause much discomfort. It may be used with other treatment methods.
Spider Vein Treatment
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins; however, they’re smaller and closer to the surface. They tend to be blue or red. They look a spider web, hence their name. They’re most commonly found in the legs and the face. Treatments for spider veins include sclerotherapy or transdermal laser treatment.
Sclerotherapy takes about 10 minutes per session but may require multiple sessions. It involves an injection given at the site of the problem. This sclerosing solution causes the veins to close down. They are then reabsorbed by the body. In some instances, an ultrasound may be done to map the veins. Foamed sclerosants may be given for larger veins since it can expand more.
Transdermal Laser Treatment
Transdermal laser treatment is also known as pulsed light therapy and may be used to treat spider veins by closing the veins. Once they’re closed, they dissolve and absorb into the body.