Many patients assume varicose veins are just part of aging and that treating them is merely a cosmetic issue. The physicians at Premier Vein Clinics advise that the benefits of seeing a certified surgeon can be far more important than just being able to show off your legs again.
In fact, spider veins can be indicators of other serious vascular issues and can lead to painful and dangerous varicose veins. Varicose veins can result in pain and numbness, skin ulcers, or even a serious blood clot.
As with all medical procedures, proper diagnosis is critical to effective remedy. We use duplex vein scanning, an ultrasound procedure that takes less than an hour, to identify and assess abnormal valve function in the veins.
The board-certified vascular surgeons at Premier Vein Clinics are trained in the treatment of spider and varicose veins and venous disease, and can use that clinical experience to determine the best treatment option. Thanks to advancements in medical technology, most procedures require only a local anesthetic, take an hour or less, and patients experience little or no side effects or downtime. Insurance covers most vein treatments.
Procedures available to treat varicose veins include:
- Sclerotherapy, an in-office, minimally invasive, relatively painless procedure in which affected veins are injected with a solution that causes them to collapse and fade away. The number of treatments needed varies based on the severity of the problem.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy, a procedure that uses pinhole incisions to treat medium to large veins with little or no down time. This in-office, minimally invasive procedure can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.
- Endovenous laser therapy, a non-invasive treatment for larger veins using laser energy delivered through a small puncture in the leg to treat the diseased vein. The in-office procedure is performed in about an hour. Normally, patients resume regular activity within a day.
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