Visible varicose leg veins are not just an aesthetic issue. They are usually the result of problems with the system that carries blood through our body. Veins are gentle, organic tunes that transfer blood from body parts back to the heart. Muscles surround our viens, and when these muscles contract, blood flows through many valves that ensure one way progress. If some of these valves do not function correctly, a certain amount of blood will cycle back within the veins, overloading veins, especially in the legs due to gravity. In veins that are close to the outer layers of the skin, additional blood makes them appear larger and in vivid color.
The greater saphenous vein is the major vein responsible for reflux which connects to many of the surface superficial veins. This vein runs down from the groin to the knee and the faulty valves are often up near the top. Failure of the valves in this vein is a major cause of vein reflux disease resulting in varicose veins and pain in the calves.
DIOMED® EVLT – a non-surgical alternative to more invasive methods of treating varicose veins. In the past, vein stripping has been the main treatment which is done under general anesthesia but results in higher likelihood of veins coming back as well as causing surgical scars over the veins. The EVLT process is simple. We begin with a comprehensive consultation and medical history. We look for signs and symptoms of ropey veins above and below the knee. Then we use a Doppler ultrasound to look at both thighs to rule out potential reflux or incompetence of the vein. If you are a candidate, the procedure may be scheduled in our office at your convenience. With this new EVLT system, you can have your varicose veins treated as an outpatient procedure in about 45 minutes with local anesthesia and be able to actually walk home. The procedure leaves no scars, has minimal postoperative pain, a quick recovery period and provides almost immediate relief from your symptoms.This treatment relieves symptoms of cramping and discomfort and many of the veins in the leg will shrink after this procedure. The procedure may also be covered by your insurance carrier.
SCLEROTHERAPY – minimally invasive method to remove varicose leg veins and spider veins (telangiectasia). Even large veins can be treated with sclerotherapy, avoiding surgeries and quickening recoveries for patients. The procedure is performed with micro injections with tiny needle of a special solution that shrinks the size of the veins and over the next 3-6 months helps the body to transform the visible veins to scar tissue without causing any problems with the body’s blood circulation. Some of the feeder veins may be treated and lessen the chance of recurrence, and the procedure is almost painless. Often, a few injection sessions will be needed to remove red and blue spider veins, treating about eighty percent of visible veins.
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