What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins happen as we age. In some cases they are genetic. They can occur in any part of the body, but most frequently they occur in the legs. You know the signs – abnormally large blue, purple or red veins just below the surface of the skin that are knotted and bulging.
Anyone can suffer from varicose veins, but they occur most frequently in women, patients with family history and in people who sit or stand for long periods. Varicose veins are more than unsightly. They don’t transport blood as effectively as healthy veins. This can impact circulation. For people with diabetes, whose circulation to their legs, feet and toes is already compromised, varicose veins are a serious problem.
But there is more to varicose vein disease than meets the eye. Deeper veins can also be affected, leading to leg discomfort, pain and aching. These deeper varicose veins often compound leg circulation problems and produce changes in the more superficial and visible veins which connect to them. Removing them will either improve blood circulation or leave it unchanged.
The right treatment for you.
Because there are several minimally-invasive procedures available to patients suffering from varicose vein disease, it is important for you and your Vein Specialist physician to assess which treatment is right for you. Ultrasound is often a helpful diagnostic tool in identifying the underlying cause and choosing the right treatment option.
Regardless of which procedure you select, you have the confidence of knowing that your Vein Specialist physician has extensive experience in all types of vein treatments. The procedures are performed in the office, and patients are able to walk out of the office.
Using a tiny needle, a healthcare professional injects a chemical solution into a varicose or cluster of spider veins, causing the vein to collapse. Over time, treated veins are gradually absorbed back into the body’s vascular system.
EndoVenous Thermal Ablation or EVTA
EVTA uses either laser or radio frequency energy to treat larger varicose veins. The physician first administers a local anesthetic. Using ultrasound guidance, the ablative device is placed in the abnormal vein. Energy is then applied to the vein, which shrinks the vein and diverts blood into healthy leg veins. Clinical studies have shown that it has an impressive 98% success rate and excellent long-term results.
This procedure involves removing the varicose veins. The skin is first anesthetized, after which the physician makes a small incision to remove the vein. The treatment causes minimal discomfort and patients may walk immediately afterward.