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What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are dilated veins that are visible beneath the skin of the lower extremities. They are caused by damaged or diseased valves, which result in blood moving backwards in your legs. This is a condition known as venous reflux. Varicose veins, as a result of venous reflux, can cause localized pain, itching, fatigue or a burning sensation. If left untreated, this condition can lead to venous ulcers in the lower leg. Heredity, pregnancy or prolonged standing can all be factors in developing varicosities.
Is An Evaluation Necessary?
An evaluation is necessary to determine the underlying cause of the varicose vein. The patient’s history, an examination and an ultrasound scan are all used in determining the treatment needed.
What Is Endovenous Laser (EVLT)?
EVLT™ (Endovenous Laser Treatment) is an alternative treatment to the surgical stripping of the greater saphenous vein. A small laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein and pulses of laser energy are delivered to cause the vein to collapse and seal shut. The blood is then rerouted through the leg by other healthy veins. This in-office procedure requires a local anesthetic and post surgical leg compression using either elastic bandages or compression hose. Once this procedure is completed, the patient can resume normal activities within a short period of time.
What Are Spider Veins?
“Spider” veins are small dilated veins near the surface of the skin. Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment used to gradually reduce their appearance. This in-office procedure is a series of monthly treatments.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an in-office method of removing larger varicose veins using a local anesthetic. Incisions are generally tiny, such that suturing is not needed and scarring is minimized. After this procedure, patients can resume activities the next day.
Who Do We Treat?
We treat patients with vein problems ranging from “spider” veins to large varicose veins. Generally, we begin with an ultrasound examination followed by a consultation with a physician. The physician then determines treatment based on your specific vein problem.
Will Insurance Cover The Treatment?
Medicare and most insurance companies cover varicose vein treatment. We will be happy to call your insurance company and verify your specific coverage.
The Vein Treatment Center