Varicose Veins
 
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Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are abnormally large, distended veins that are often bulging and twisted. Over 80 million people suffer from varicose veins. They are more common in women than men. By the age of 50, approximately 50% of people have some form of vein disease

Causes
Heredity is the number one contributing factor. Other factors include pregnancy, obesity, standing occupations, leg injury and hormonal factors.

Symptoms
Symptoms include feelings of aching, heaviness, fatigue, throbbing, burning, cramping, and restlessness of the legs. These symptoms are usually worse after standing or sitting for long periods of time. Swelling, skin color

Treatments

Radiofrequency Ablation is one of the latest advancements in the treatment of varicose vein disease. It replaces old-fashioned vein stripping techniques. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and the patient feels very little pain or discomfort. Additionally, many insurance plans and Medicare cover the procedure. A specialized catheter is inserted into the vein and delivers radiofrequency energy to the catheter, causing the incompetent vein to heat and close down. Once the vein is closed, blood that was previously flowing through the vein is naturally rerouted to healthy veins in the leg. This proce dure is usually performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Most patients are encouraged to return to normal activities and can return to work within 1-2 days. Compression stockings and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to weeks to assist in resolution of the veins.

 

Endovenous Laser Ablation is one of the latest advancements in the treatment of varicose vein disease. It replaces old-fashioned vein stripping techniques. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and the patient feels very little pain or discomfort. Additionally, many insurance plans and Medicare cover the procedure. A specialized fiber is inserted into the vein and delivers laser energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat and close down. Once the vein is closed, blood that was previously flowing through the vein is naturally rerouted to healthy veins in the leg. This procedure is usually performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Most patients are encouraged to return to normal activities and can return to work within 1-2 days. Compression stockings and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to weeks to assist in resolution of the veins.

 

 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy or “stab phlebectomy” is the removal of bulging veins through small incisions. Most of the time, the incisions can be closed without the need for stitches, just a small bandaid or steri-strip. This procedure is usually performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Most patients can return to work within 1-3 days. Compression stockings and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to weeks to assist in resolution of the veins.

 

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat both varicose and spider veins. It is an injection of a medicine into the vein which causes the vein to collapse and gradually disap pear. Most medications used do not sting and the needles are very fine. Usually several treatments are needed to completely eliminate the veins. This proce dure is performed in a doctor’s office and patients are typically allowed to return to normal activities immedi ately. Compression stockings and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to weeks to assist in resolution of the veins.

 

Endovenous Chemical Ablation (Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy) is used for larger veins that are under neath the surface of the skin. Ultrasound is used to help guide the needle into the vein and then the solution (liquid or foam) is injected. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and patients are typically allowed to return to normal activities immediately. Compression stockings and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to weeks to assist in resolution of the veins.

 
 
 
 
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