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Vein Disease Treatments
For patients dealing with uncomfortable symptoms like heaviness in the legs, pain, swollen or bulging veins, treatment for vein problems may be desired or even necessary.
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
- Lower extremity venous symptoms such as tired or heavy legs, pain, and swelling.
When valves in the veins no longer function correctly, venous blood collects in the veins causing them to enlarge. Enlarged blue or purple veins and often unattractive, varicose veins can ultimately lead to ulcerations if left untreated. Additional symptoms such as fatigue, pain and swelling of the lower limbs may accompany varicose veins.
Endovascular Venous Laser Ablation, or the EVLT Procedure uses targeted laser energy to seal veins shut. Ultrasound will be used to map our your veins and a thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee. EVLT includes:
- Treatment in less than an hour
- No hospital stay – performed as an outpatient procedure at Sculpt
- No general anesthesia
- Immediate relief of symptoms
- Minimal to no scarring
- Short recovery
- Minimal to no side-effects
- There may be minor soreness or temporary bruising, but can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers as necessary.
One of the most prevalent treatments for spider veins and varicose veins is sclerotherapy. During treatment, a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. Upon injection, the solution replaces the blood in the vein, generating irritation and corrosion to the walls of the vessel. The body then initiates a natural healing process and the unsightly veins begin to decompose, shrink and eventually disappear. Treatment can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated in a particular session. Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimum result. In some cases, as few as 2-3 treatments will fulfill the desired outcome.
Done under local anesthesia, a phlebectomy is a procedure to remove varicose veins on the surface of the legs. Tiny incisions are made in the skin through which the veins are removed. Since veins are so collapsible, even large veins may be removed through these incisions. After treatment, compression bandages or stockings are worn.
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a technique using laser light to seal a diseased vein shut. Using a small needle, a laser fiber is inserted directly into a varicose vein and positioned using the assistance of an ultrasound. Precise, rapid pulses of laser light heat up the inside of the vein causing it to close off. Compression stockings must be worn after the procedure and light activity is encouraged. Down time is normally 2-4 days.
To schedule an appointment for a free vein consultation and a mini-ultrasound exam, please call our Vein Consultation Coordinator, at 402.650.9179.