Varicose Vein Treatments
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About Varicose Veins
In healthy leg veins, blood travels in a singular direction: upstream back to the heart. When the valves fail to function properly in the veins, the blood can begin to pool in your legs, it will cause the blood to revert back into the veins and create a bulging varicose vein and other possible conditions such as ankle swelling, blood clots, pain in the leg, spider veins and ulcers.
Deep within the thigh there is a vein called the Great Saphenous Vein which is responsible for the formation of bulging varicose veins.
Where Do Varicose Veins Appear?
Blood in the thigh flows back down to the calf where it pools and causes the veins to expand and swell. If left untreated, the condition may progress to more serious conditions such as blood clots or ulcers around the ankles. If you suffer from varicose veins, contact us to evaluate your condition and develop the right treatment plan.
Bulging Varicose Veins
Varicose Vein Treatment At Ultimate Vein Care
Varicose Vein Symptoms
Varicose veins occur underneath the surface of the skin and appear to look bulging. While many people may not have symptoms from varicose veins, other may experience the following:
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Leg pain
- Heaviness in the legs
- Fatigued or exhausted legs
- Swelling in the skin
- Skin reddening
What Causes Varicose Veins?
There are a several factors that may attribute to the cause of varicose veins from genetics, weight, pregnancy, age and lifestyle. Patients at Ultimate Vein Care are examined to determine the underlying cause of their condition and our experts will determine the best treatment options.
Varicose Vein Treatments
The vascular team at Ultimate Vein care will diagnose your condition and depending on the location and severity, we will provide the appropriate treatment plan for you. Treatments include:
1. Conservative Treatment
Compression stocking are used to apply pressure on the legs to correct blood flow. Other adjustments may include lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
In this procedure a solution is injected into the varicose vein, destroying the vein lining and causing the vein to clot and then to slowly disappear. Good results are possible, but sclerotherapy requires multiple follow-up treatments and as many as 50% of veins injected may be eliminated with each session. Sclerotherapy can cause a brown pigmentation to show in the skin where the vein was treated, on the vast majority this staining will go away in time, however about 2% will have a permanent brown pigmentation. Sclerotherapy is best used to treat spider veins and is sometimes a useful combination treatment with the Gemini 532/1064 Nd yag Laser.
3. Endovenous Ablation
The Endovenous Laser Ablation procedure, an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state-of-the-art technology to an age old disease. The procedure is an outpatient (day surgery) treatment performed in doctor’s offices, surgical centers, and hospitals. Local or regional anesthesia is typically used to numb the treatment area. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening, using only a single needle stick. The catheter delivers laser energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut.
Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty blood from your legs. As normal return flow is re-established, your symptoms should improve noticeably.
Following the procedure, the catheter is removed, a bandage is placed over the insertion site and your leg may be wrapped typically for 1 day to aid healing. Your doctor may ask you to walk, wear compression stockings, and to refrain from long periods of standing for a period of time following the procedure to help speed your recovery. Many patients resume most normal activities within 1-2 days. Refrain from long periods of standing, long car rides, and airline flights for one month after the EVLA.
4. Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that involves making small incisions in the skin to remove large varicose veins near the surface of the skin.