A Specialized Clinic for Varicose & Spider Veins
Varicose and spider veins are not always simply cosmetic. They can be indicators of more serious medical conditions, particularly in the case of varicose veins. Varicose veins result from weak or damaged vein walls and valves. They appear as enlarged and twisting veins that are visible under the skin's surface and can cause significant pain and discomfort, bringing symptoms like burning, cramping, fatigue, heaviness in the legs, skin discoloration, and even open sores. Without treatment, varicose veins can increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein, typically in the leg. Several factors can increase the risk of developing varicose veins, including medical and hereditary history, hormonal changes, pregnancy, increasing age, obesity, immobility, and sun exposure.
Spider veins appear as thin red or blue jagged lines resembling spider webs or tree branches. They can cover large areas of the legs or even the face. Spider veins are generally a cosmetic issue; however, in certain cases, spider veins can cause significant bleeding and discomfort, and medical attention may be required.
At our Varicose Vein Clinic, our experts use state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to assess the function of your veins. During a noninvasive procedure called vein mapping, we utilize high-frequency sound waves to generate a visual of the blood flow in your legs and accurately locate unhealthy veins for treatment. This information is used to accurately diagnose the underlying causes of varicose and spider veins and to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Treatments
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
Endovenous laser treatment is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that uses laser energy to treat varicose veins. Under ultrasound guidance, one of our vascular specialists will insert a thin laser fiber into the affected vein, delivering targeted heat to close off the vein and reroute blood to healthier veins. No general anesthesia is required, allowing for a quicker and more comfortable recovery. After EVLT, more than 98% of patients report significant pain relief with lasting results, as well as improved appearance and leg function.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for non-painful varicose and spider veins. This versatile and effective procedure is used for both medically necessary and cosmetic treatments. It involves injecting a solution into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade from view over time. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure, and no anesthetic is necessary. At our Varicose Vein Clinic, we offer personalized sclerotherapy treatment plans that address the unique needs of each patient, providing safe and effective solutions for both medically necessary and cosmetic vein issues.
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Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by patients. Please contact us at (828) 670-8346 with any additional questions or concerns.