If you have varicose or spider veins, you may be surprised to learn that surgery is not always needed. Our professional staff will evaluate you using the latest in ultrasound technology so that the treatment options chosen are best for you. At every step of the way, your health, comfort and expectations are a major part of the treatment plan.
Treatment options include:
Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA)
Simply put, a laser is a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with extreme precision, so as not to affect the surrounding tissue. Lasers have proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in all types of medical procedures, from eye surgery to dermatology. In the hands of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk for complications than conventional surgery.
In laser vein treatment, a thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein. A laser light is emitted through the fiber, delivering just the right amount of energy. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed off are superficial veins that handle less than 5% of your blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other veins.
When varicose veins go untreated, complications such as ankle edema, stasis dermatitis, and even skin ulcers, can occur. Microphlebectomy is simply the removal of small to medium sized veins just under the surface of your skin that are no longer working like they should.
This procedure is done in the office with just local anesthetic. Tiny incisions are made to remove sections of the problem vein. Removing the vein by sections helps keep blood clots from forming and encourages faster healing. The procedure usually takes less than an hour, depending on the severity of the condition and whether one or both legs are being treated. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy/Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for removing spider veins, reticular veins, and small varicose veins. The treatment is minimally invasive, relatively pain-free, and safe. Done in the doctor’s office, this procedure can take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many veins are treated.
Sclerotherapy is simply the injection of a chemical into the vein with a small needle. The resulting irritation causes the vein to close and eventually be reabsorbed by the body, which then reroutes blood flow to healthy veins close by. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may require several sclerotherapy sessions to make veins disappear entirely. Most patients can return to their normal activities on the same day as the procedure.